I was delighted to be asked to help say thank-you to local volunteers who give up their time and energy helping other people. Celebrating the 30th year of National Volunteers’ Week, volunteers from across Oldham and Saddleworth last Friday came together for a special thank-you event for volunteers at the Link Centre and Voluntary Action Oldham.
Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity to pay tribute to the many volunteers across Oldham and Saddleworth for the priceless contribution they make to our communities.
There are 153 voluntary organisations in Oldham East and Saddleworth and many of them rely on the dedication, energy and commitment of their volunteers in order to support their beneficiaries.
The magic of volunteering is that it is a two-way relationship. So alongside the contribution to our local communities, volunteers also benefit tremendously from the experience learning new skills, boosting their wellbeing, or simply meeting new people and having fun.
National Volunteers’ week marks the contribution that millions of volunteers make to charities and other organisations across the whole UK. I was pleased to support Voluntary Action Oldham and the Link Centre in their work with volunteers.
Voluntary Action Oldham provides the infrastructure for volunteering, offers a brokerage service through the nationally accredited Volunteer Centre Oldham and also delivers a series of projects that enable people who face barriers to volunteering to overcome them.
The Link Centre, Oldham’s Centre for independent living, is a diverse resource provided by Oldham Council which offers support, groups, services and signposting facilities to a range of local people.