Community-minded residents will have the chance to find out how their time and skills could help others during a huge celebration of volunteering.
Skegness Volunteers’ Week takes place from March 18 to 24 and will be an opportunity for those thinking of getting involved to find out more about the opportunities available on their doorstep.
A wide range of activities are planned to celebrate the work already being done by volunteers with dozens of clubs, groups and organisations offering opportunities for people to see what their volunteers do, how they help and how they can get involved.
Events for the week, which is being co-ordinated by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, will centre around Hildreds Shopping Centre, where you will be able to meet volunteers and give a little time to organisations to help them with their research, campaigning and awareness raising activities. Home-Start Lincolnshire, Macmillan Cancer Support, Lincolnshire Action Trust, Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society, Lincolnshire Credit Union, County Linx Radio, Cycling Without Age, Diabetes UK are among the organisations taking part. There will also be some guerilla gardening for green-fingered volunteers wanting to increase access to fresh vegetables by filling planters in the mall.
There will also be opportunities to help promote the idea of volunteering through knitting a Skegness Volunteers’ character or making a balloon volunteer! Keen knitters can also get involved ahead of the event by picking up a #SkegVolunteers pattern from Hildreds Shopping Centre.
The shopping centre will also be displaying the Skegness Volunteers’ Volometer – showing the total number of hours donated by volunteers from all the different organisations.
This will include the amazing 6,900 hours put in by volunteers at Oxfam’s charity shop and 3,000 given to the Eco Centre.
The final total will be unveiled by the Mayor of Skegness at 3pm on Saturday, March 23.
Skegness Volunteers’ Week’s new website will also show a running total of hours donated during the week, as well as more details of all the events planned and stories from existing volunteers.
Kathryn Laverack, East Lindsey Area Officer for Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service said: “Skegness Volunteers’ Week is a massive celebration of the contribution volunteers make to the groups and charities in the town. They could not do what they do without them.
“This week provides an excellent opportunity for everyone to find out more about what they could get involved with.
“It doesn’t matter what your background, your age, skills or experience, there is a volunteering opportunity to suit you.
“And volunteers love what they do. They tell us that they get so much satisfaction from what they can do to help others.”
“This can include becoming befrienders, mentors or support workers for veterans, those with dementia, visual impairments or cancer, as well as children and the elderly. The list really is endless and there really is something for everyone.
“And if you can’t commit to long-term volunteering you could consider micro-volunteering by giving up just a few hours to help with community activities such as litter-picks, beach clean-ups, and gardening or helping with research, campaigning or fundraising.”
The celebration is a project initiated by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) with support from Lincolnshire County Council, Skegness Town Council, Lincolnshire Coastal Destination BID and local charities including Skegness Rotary Club and Skegness Round Table.
To find out more about Skegness Volunteers’ Week, go to the website at www.skegnessvolunteers.uk, where you can see a full list of planned events and download the latest volunteering opportunities.
You can also follow @SkegVolunteers on Facebook.