Year of the Volunteer
SEFTON Council, in partnership with
Sefton CVS, is dedicating 2018 as the Year of the Volunteer! Following on from
the huge success of the 'Year of the Coast,' the tireless work of Sefton's
thousands of volunteers, who give an astonishing 116,000 hours of their time
each week, will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how
much volunteers do for the borough.
Volunteers make a real difference in Sefton. They touch people's lives in so
many different ways, providing comfort and support, fostering community
development, and actively helping to keep Sefton clean, green and beautiful.
Volunteering also has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those who
participate in it.
'The Year of the Volunteer' will be officially launched, on Tuesday, 6 February
The Atkinson, Southport, where partners, community groups and residents can
learn more about what 2018 has in store for the voluntary, community and faith
sector and how to get involved.
Throughout the year we will be celebrating a number of different volunteer
themes including health and wellbeing, animals and the environment, culture, the
armed forces and youth volunteering.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council cabinet member for Communities and Housing,
said:- "In recognising the valuable role that volunteers play, it made
sense that 2018 becomes the Year of the Volunteer.
This theme will not only celebrate the vital work that volunteers do, but
hopefully it will encourage other people to get involved as well.
Throughout the year we hope to celebrate the valuable contribution that
volunteers make, highlight the volunteering opportunities available in Sefton
and increase the number of people who sign up to volunteering activities."
Sefton CVS Chief Executive Angela White OBE said:- "Sefton CVS and the
Volunteer Centre Sefton are delighted to be working in partnership with Sefton
Council to highlight the work of local volunteers and the organisations across
the borough throughout 2018. The Volunteer Centre Sefton will continue to
play an active role I supporting local residents to access volunteer roles, and
also support local voluntary, community and faith sector groups to recruit,
manage and retain volunteers."
Further information about the launch event and themes for Year of the Volunteer
will be released in due course.