Firstly may I apologise about the gaps in my recent Wise Up Wednesdays, but we’ve been doing some volunteer celebration of our own and are also a couple of weeks away from the annual logistics challenge – Dudley Volunteer Awards. So, with our huge annual celebration of local volunteers just over a week away, recognising volunteers is in the air and I want to share some feel-good posts about celebrating volunteers!
It’s important that volunteers feel valued and you recognise, and celebrate the contribution that they make. Volunteers often go above and beyond with their volunteering, and commit hours, days even years of their own time to help others. You should celebrate your volunteers’ contributions whenever you can and even a simple THANK YOU can mean so much. Here’s my guide – rewarding-and-recognising-the-work-of-volunteers in case you need a few ideas!
Quarter of a century of volunteering commitment!
For my first post, I’m going to share a couple of lovely snaps from a celebration we held for one of our very own Dudley CVS volunteers, June Bowen. She worked for CVS for many years and after retiring at 60, came back the day after as a volunteer and has been there ever since. It was her 85th birthday a few weeks ago, which meant that she was celebrating 25 years of volunteering with Dudley CVS too!
We decided to hold a surprise party for her and with a little planning, invited her fellow volunteers from all the other places she’s volunteered for the last 70 years! St Michael’s Church, 3rd Brierley Hill Scouts and Easy Keep Fit [yes she’s volunteering with a keep fit group at 85!].
June has always said that volunteering keeps her young and comes in twice a week to help in our front office. We’ve persuaded her to perhaps cut back a little as she does find it a little tiring nowadays, but she was in the office on Monday helping with the proxy votes for our AGM. June’s so much part of our team here at DCVS and we felt she deserved a special treat for her quarter century of commitment as a volunteer here. Here’s a photo of June with the DCVS staff team who helped put on the party and as you can see, she didn’t stop smiling all afternoon.
I’m also going to share a couple of blog posts about national honours – the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and also individual honours, celebrating an amazing local group who received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and also a local volunteer, who received a richly deserved British Empire Medal.