The Haywood Foundation marks Volunteers’ Week 2023

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2023 marks the 39th year of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), when the Haywood Foundation will join thousands of charities and voluntary organisations recognising the contribution volunteers make across the UK. With this year’s theme of ‘Celebrate and Inspire’ we hope to encourage people to be the change that we want to see and get involved in volunteering in whatever way works for them.

The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering, so taking the time during Volunteers’ Week to celebrate their efforts and all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector and society as a whole has never been more important.

June Brammar from the Haywood Foundation said: “Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and recognise the fantastic contribution our volunteers make. Thanks to them, patients and carers at both the Haywood and Bradwell Hospitals will always see a friendly face who understands their needs and through their generosity, compassion and understanding, can help to make their experience with rheumatoid arthritis and related conditions that little bit easier.”

Here is a poem by Haywood Foundation member and volunteer, Patricia Callaghan, that embodies just what volunteering is:

Become a volunteer today it’s really good for you

It brings a sense of purpose to everything you do

Like a morning cup of tea it’s welcome and refreshing

When you need an extra boost that first sip a blessing

Volunteering gives that boost and makes your day worthwhile 

Sharing things with others can really make you smile

It has the feelgood factor when you work within a team

Of volunteers who just like you who want to live the dream

Of making someone happy in a really worthwhile way

Whether it is just an hour or the best part of a day

Every minute given makes a difference to us all

The gift of time is precious however big or small

Global welfare, climate change or local charity

Volunteers are needed to preserve humanity 

Whatever cause is right for you whatever makes you proud

Take that plunge and join the volunteering crowd

Everyone is welcome and we all have time to spare

The reward is overwhelming when you show someone you care

Donating time and sharing skills is worth its weight in gold 

Choose to be involved today and get yourself enrolled 

Become a volunteer today it’s good for you and me

It won’t cost you a penny, this precious gift is free!

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Haywood Foundation volunteer, please contact June Brammar [email protected] or call 07929 875554

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