Volunteering is a great opportunity for people to develop new skills and gain experience in the workplace, whilst making a difference to people’s lives.
Though there isn't a financial reward in terms of a wage, there are other rewards that make volunteering an attractive prospect for people from all walks of life, across the age range.
And there are lots of ways for people to get involved; from helping out in your local area to making a regular commitment to a community or charity group.
Becoming a volunteer is a great way to meet new people, do something you enjoy while making a big difference to your community, improve your confidence, boost your CV and make yourself stand out.
There are opportunities for volunteers to get involved in a number of council service areas - parks, libraries and as people who can be called upon to help with large events or major emergencies. However, council staff are also encouraged to seek volunteer opportunities within the Wirral community.
Last summer, the council introduced a scheme allowing employees to take two days’ leave to volunteer in the community.
Staff have embraced the scheme and are using the time to support local charities and events. This has included visiting residents at Hoylake Cottage Hospital, taking young children on residential trips, helping at animal rescue centres and supporting local charities at their charity shops or with their events. Some staff member even took part in the recent ‘Lost Castles’ project, a community-led art project which saw hundreds of volunteers band together to create cardboard structures across Merseyside.
In the past month, our parks and gardens team along with our Corporate Director of Children’s Services, Paul Boyce and Director for Adult Care and Health, Graham Hodkinson have been working with Wallasey charity Stick ‘n’ Step.
Stick 'n' Step enables, inspires and supports children and young people with cerebral palsy, and their families. Our volunteers helped transform the centre’s outdoor space for the young people who visit the centre each week for conductive education sessions.
Janet Ratcliffe, Trusts and Grants Fundraiser at Stick ‘n’ Step said:
“We were overwhelmed with what the volunteers from the council were able to achieve. They tidied up and improved our car park and garden areas, transforming what had become a bit of an uninviting space into a kaleidoscope of colour.
“They also weeded, trimmed back overgrown bushes and stained the wooden furniture, gates and raised planters. It looks fantastic and we’ve already had lots of comments from the parents who use the space to relax in whilst their children are in the classroom sessions.”