Tuesday 7 June 2016

Emmaus Village Carlton celebrates National Volunteers Week

Village Carlton Staff   Volunteers

Volunteers at Emmaus Village Carlton will be thanked for their contribution this week to mark Volunteers’ Week 2016, which runs from 1-12 June.

Emmaus communities support formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.

Emmaus Village Carlton currently works with 37 volunteers and has four new people waiting to start. Volunteers are an integral part of the Emmaus community, assisting with deliveries, working in the warehouse sorting clothing, toys and bric-a-brac, as well as serving customers in the bistro and boutique.

Lesley Harris, Deputy Community Leader at  Emmaus Village Carlton said, “Some of our volunteers do a couple of hours, others a couple of days, but all our volunteers contribute a lot to our community and social enterprise and are very valued indeed.”

During Volunteers’ Week hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to say thank you to volunteers who give their time and energy throughout the year. Last year more than 750 events took place, from awards ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues. The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, seeks to recognise the work that volunteers do and showcase the varied volunteering opportunities that exist.

This year, as well as thank you events organised by charities, volunteers are being encouraged to share their own stories and motivations on social media using the hashtag #volunteersweek.