International Volunteers Day
Last weekend the UN General Assembly celebrated International Volunteer Day which is held every year on 5 December. It’s seen as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities.
As the Covid pandemic has raged across the world, volunteers have been at the forefront of healthcare and community responses, we have all seen countless examples of inspirational responses and feats of human kindness from volunteers for all kinds of work, from those helping to provide healthcare, or shopping for vulnerable neighbours, or checking up on elderly people living alone. Our work at Alabaré is also hugely reliant on the goodwill of our own volunteer task force, of whom there are many, and together this allows us to create an impact in the communities we serve.
Sadly, Covid also has also limited the sort of volunteering opportunities we as an organisation have been able to provide, due to social distancing or because supporters are unable to assist because of shielding concerns for example. Either way, we would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to anyone who is helping to support our community, or who has done so in the past, or who plans to come back to us when we are able to do so. Your support, encouragement, enthusiasm and energy is a testament to human kindness and consideration of others often less fortunate than ourselves, so once again we thank you.
We do still have some volunteering opportunities available and now that our shops are once again open, we look forward to meeting once more. We will be having some opportunities in the new year in our homes and services e.g., handy person, gardener, admin support. So, if you have time to spare and would like to meet others, share your skills and give back to others in your community please get in touch with Claire Routh for an informal chat about opportunities locally or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01722 344479.