Volunteering - appeal to join ranks

As we celebrate Student Volunteering Week (11-16 February), I’d like to pay tribute to the student volunteers who do such incredible work across the UK.

As we celebrate Student Volunteering Week (11-16 February), I’d like to pay tribute to the student volunteers who do such incredible work across the UK.

I work for Vitalise, a national charity providing much-needed respite breaks for people with disabilities and carers. Each year we welcome thousands of volunteers, who provide support and companionship for the disabled guests taking breaks at our accessible centres. It would be true to say we simply couldn’t do what we do without the selfless contribution of volunteers.

Our volunteers aren’t only students gaining valuable work experience or contributing their free time, but come from all sorts of different backgrounds and range in age from teenagers to retired people. Some of them come from the local area, others travel half way round the world to give their precious time to Vitalise. They come for a great many reasons but all go home fulfilled and inspired.

One recent volunteer commented: “When I first arrived I was quite nervous but as time went on I began to enjoy it more and more. It has to be the most enjoyable, satisfying and stimulating week I have ever had. I would recommend it.”

I would like to invite your readers to join our wonderful volunteers and spend a week of their time - or just the odd day - helping our disabled guests have a much-needed break. It’s tremendous fun and a fantastic opportunity for you to put your experience to good use, gain new skills and make new friends from all over the world, so why not give it a try? For more info call 0303 303 0147 or email volunteer@vitalise.org.uk.

Colin Brook

Vitalise