This week was Volunteer’s Week 2018 – a campaign run by NCVO to say thank you to volunteers and recognise their invaluable and diverse contributions. At Churchers, many of our team members are involved in charities, sports clubs, and societies, so we asked some of them to share their volunteering stories with us. We’re immensely proud of their contributions!
“I have been volunteering at Marwell Wildlife one day a week for nearly 5 years. Each week at Marwell I assist different zookeepers in their day-to-day tasks, including checking on the animals, feeding them, cleaning their enclosures, enrichment, helping with vet procedures, monitoring animals’ behaviour and so on. The animals I work with include giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, white rhino and okapi, amongst others. It’s hard work as I am outdoors in all weather and there’s a large amount of physical work but I enjoy every minute of it. I am very lucky to be able to volunteer for a charity whilst learning so much about the different species and the important conservation work that Marwell carries out.”
You can read more about Marwell Wildlife here.
"I am the Secretary for Henry Cort Diamonds Badminton Club – I arrange and attend meetings, take minutes, gather details of new members and try to help them settle in by showing them how we run. I enjoy playing badminton and meeting everyone each week, and my role as Secretary means I get to talk to everyone and get involved in organisation of the club! We are a very friendly and all get on well. The Club plays every Thursday and is made up of people of mixed ages and abilities, but we all play to a good standard!"
"My connection with Beaulieu House began just over five years ago. A lady whom I have known for many years popped her head round the door and asked me if I knew anyone who would be prepared to become treasurer for Beaulieu. She explained that it was a respite centre for children with profound disabilities, entirely run by volunteers. I offered my services and the rest is history! The most important thing about Beaulieu is that it provides care not only for the children but for their families who are often involved in the child´s full-time care. I hope that our efforts make the lives of all these people just that bit better. They all certainly deserve our care and support. For me personally I am very happy to support something in the community where I live."
You can read more about Beaulieu House here.
"On the second Sunday of every month, my son and I join the volunteers of the Purbrook and Widley Area Residence Association. Various sites around Purbrook and Widley are looked after by the volunteers who tend to them. They have planted fruiting trees and shrubs in the neighbourhood that may need pruning, weeding and staking. Other duties include removing Spanish bluebells from woodlands, maintenance of the local pond, clearing ground for planting etc. We started going last June 2017 – usually is 2 ½ hours duration and get completely filthy – great fun!"
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