It has been a busy National Volunteering Week up and down the country, and Salisbury has joined in with a number of initiatives ranging from charities manning market stalls to recruit new volunteers, to much tea and cake being consumed at events hosted by organisations keen to convey their messages and appeal to the generosity, good will and resources amongst Salisbury folk.
Dame Elizabeth Neville, one of Wiltshire’s Deputy Lieutenants addressed a gathering of voluntary and community organisations on Tuesday this week, hosted by Salisbury Area Board’s Health & Wellbeing Group at The Quaker Meeting House. Around 25 organisations were present, ranging from those working for young families, to those working for the very elderly: Home Start South Wiltshire, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Care Homes Volunteers, Headway, Victim Support, Serve On, Safer Salisbury, and Community First were amongst the attendees. Laura Naylor from Community First took the opportunity to address the event on the volunteers directory she manages for Wiltshire, and the benefits it can have for local organisation and volunteers seeking the correct match for each.
Pupils from South Wiltshire Grammar School also attended the event to learn more about local volunteering opportunities and to see where they might be able to offer their skills and time.
Dame Elizabeth and Cllr John Walsh, Chairman of the Health & Wellbeing Group each expressed huge gratitude on behalf of Wiltshire Council and the Salisbury Area Board for the work of voluntary and community organisation and those who volunteer locally, recognising that without this work, services and support to those requiring it would be severely diminished.
The Salisbury Health & Wellbeing Group meets monthly for voluntary and community sector organisations to meet, network, hear updates regarding local priorities for adult and older people’s health and wellbeing and to pitch for grants from an annual £6,700 fund. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this group and volunteering opportunities in the city.
One of the group’s priorities is mental health – here is a helpful link from the Heads Together national campaign offering info and ideas on the value of volunteering for yours and others mental health and wellbeing.