The priceless work of volunteers.

ImageBy Paul Healey

National Volunteer’s Week took place between June 1st -7th and staff at Volunteer Centre East Sussex, in Eastbourne, each volunteered an hour with local organisations across the county.

The organisations they attended included ChoicES, East Sussex Fire and rescue, East Sussex Association for the Blind and the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Service.

Lead Member for Community Services for East Sussex County Council, Councillor Tony Freebody, agreed to volunteer one hour of his time with the Volunteer Centre team at the Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux.

Volunteer’s Week is an annual campaign marking the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and is promoted by Volunteering England. The aim is to encourage individuals to and organisations to hold local events to celebrate and inspire others to take part.

Throughout 2012 volunteers have been involved in a number of high profile events including the London Olympics and Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Olympics involved some 70,000 Games Makers, 8,000 London Ambassadors and many more across the country, with the Diamond Jubilee involving tens of thousands of people in community activities.

Volunteer Centre East Sussex opened in September 2010 and deal with hundreds of new volunteering enquiries from prospective volunteers each month.  The service is free and includes skill matching, marketing, opportunities development, operating forums for volunteers, organising events and developing up-to-date information about good practice and local and national initiatives.

Anyone wishing to learn more should call the centre on 01323 301757 or visit the website:

www.vces.org.yuk

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