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Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2015


All across the city we will be joining in with the many celebrations that aim to celebrate the power of social action and the amazing unsung heroes, who help to make Bristol a great city to live, work and play in.

Throughout the week there’s loads of ways that you can get stuck in to actively support Volunteers Week, including:

Attend one of the many events such as:

  • 1st June –Volunteers Week launch with Mayor George Ferguson, will be in the Lab Space handing out certificates to “Excellent” volunteers from across Bristol.
  • 2nd June – An Open Day at Above and Beyond this Tuesday and Thursday.
  • 2nd JuneVolunteer Bristol@VOSCUR is celebrating the fantastic work done by volunteers of all ages and backgrounds by organising a picnic in Queen’s Square. Starting at 3.30pm to 5pm – open to all!
  • 3rd June – Helping our older people will be celebrated this evening by LinkAge. Or if you’re retired yourself and would like to volunteer, contact RSVP – Retire into Action!
  • 4th June – Why not have a look at the Volunteers Fair in the Galleries this afternoon, or you could volunteer to help raise funds for our city hospitals at the Balloon Fiesta! Contact Above and Beyond.
  • 5th June – On this last day of Volunteers Weeks why not register on the Bristol 2015 volunteer website. Opportunities include Bristol Festival of Nature, who are in the 2015 Lab Space on the Harbourside today.
  • Join new MP Thangam Debonaire for afternoon tea in Brunswick Sq as she celebrates the 200+ volunteers who work with 8 different voluntary organisations such as African Initiatives to Oxfam.

How About Becoming a Volunteer

Why not roll up your sleeves by volunteering for one of the many amazing voluntary sector organisations that are the lifeblood this great city. From becoming a School Governor, a Trustee to an event steward, there are a vast number of ways that you can give back to your city including:

  • Stewarding for the Big Green Week, St Pauls Carnival, Bristol Grand Prix or with the Bristol European Green Capital.
  • Go to Volunteer Bristol a local hub for volunteering across the city

Either way, make sure you tune in to hear from the unsung community activist, the trailblazers and the change makers who make Bristol a great city to live, work & play in. For more info on how to get involved with volunteer’s week, the events or how to volunteer go to

Cities of Service – What does it mean for Bristol?

  • It’s about using the Mayor’s clout to mobilise Bristol to take action for its self
  • It’s about promoting the value of volunteering to our city.
  • It’s about supporting social action in communities and across the city
  • It’s about researching the best ways to use volunteers so we have the greatest impact

It’s about getting the big players (city council, universities, and major employers) behind citizens who give their time to improve the life of the city…enabling their action to have the best possible effect.

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