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Volunteers the backbone of several key projects Posted On 14 January 2022

Get involved to help your community flourish

 

The Cambridge English Dictionary describes a volunteer as “a person who does something, especially helping other people, willingly and without being forced or paid to do it”. It seems a simple description but without them, many charities and organisations would simply grind to a halt.

And if your New Year resolution was “to give something back to your community”, then volunteering is the way to go.

There are a number of charities and good causes throughout the area, from helping environmental projects such as maintaining footpaths in the Chilterns to working with children and young adults. 

But if you know you want to do something but don’t have a clear idea what it is or how to take that initial step, then a good place to start is Buckinghamshire Council’s ‘Helping Your Community’ page at www.buckcc.gov.uk/services/community/ It is packed with possibilities, such as adult learning, community transport, library work and helping to maintain the county archives.

For example, conservation work is always vital, and the council are looking for volunteers to help out in the country parks while also assisting with admin work such as contributing to the county records by becoming a pond detective or logging the species of wildlife you have spotted.

Best of all, the council also offers training and development which could not only enhance your CV but take you off on a completely different career path. It also funds Community impact Bucks (www.communityimpactbucks.org.uk)  a charity which helps people access local opportunities.

Because not only will volunteering be beneficial to others, but it could also do you the world of good too by improving health and well-being and removing any sense of isolation caused by lockdown and restricted movement. 

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