The biggest thank you ever to Calderdale’s amazing volunteers

Wainhouse Tower will light up purple during Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June), as part of a Calderdale-wide celebration of the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities.

Volunteer Adrian

Volunteers have been at the heart of Calderdale’s kind and resilient response to some of the toughest times on record, including the COVID-19 pandemic and severe flooding. There are also many people who regularly volunteer but have been unable to do so during the pandemic, and will be there to lift our spirits during the borough’s recovery.

To everyone who makes a difference through volunteering, Calderdale Council and the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance (VSIA) are joining forces to say a big thank you during this year’s national Volunteers’ Week.

The lighting up of Wainhouse Tower from 1 to 7 June will show the whole borough’s gratitude for over 1000 people volunteering for the COVID-19 virtual volunteer hub in 2020, more than 800 charities and community organisations in Calderdale, over 300 people regularly volunteering with Council services, and everyone who gives their time to help others.

Recent research from Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network found that people in Calderdale are 140% more likely to have been volunteering throughout the pandemic than people elsewhere in the UK, shining the national spotlight on Calderdale’s kindness.

The Council continues to work closely with VSIA and other local organisations to support volunteers and create new opportunities in Calderdale. These opportunities and lots of advice will be shared during Volunteers’ Week to raise awareness of the many ways to help out and to encourage more people to come forward.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering in Calderdale is welcome to book on to the virtual information session run by the Council and VSIA on Wednesday 2 June, 10.30am – 11.30am. To book, please email elaine.duffy@vsialliance.org.uk

A range of other volunteering-related virtual sessions will also take place during Volunteers’ Week, including a workshop for people who are interested in volunteering but don’t know where to start. For dates, times and booking details, please visit www.vsialliance.org.uk/events-listing and follow @VSIAlliance on Twitter.

Information is available all year round on the Council’s volunteering web page: https://calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/jobs-and-volunteering/volunteering/ and at www.vsialliance.org.uk/volunteering

Calderdale’s first ever Volunteers’ Week pin badge has been designed by a local volunteer and will be available free of charge to Calderdale voluntary and community organisations who would like to give them to their volunteers to say thank you. The badges will be available after Volunteers’ Week and can be ordered at info@vsialliance.org.uk

Keep an eye on social media throughout Volunteers’ Week for all things volunteering, including more inspirational stories from local people. Follow @Calderdale, @VSIAlliance and #VolunteersWeek.

Volunteering is the perfect example of the Vision2024 for Calderdale themes of kindness and resilience. It spreads the borough’s amazing community spirit, and helping others makes people feel great and more resilient.