Commitment of volunteers celebrated in Denbighshire

Denbighshire County Council is once again taking part in #VolunteersWeek (1 – 7 June), to celebrate the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

Many people volunteer for Denbighshire County Council and is a great way to gain experience, meet people and contribute to services which makes a real difference to Denbighshire and its communities.  It can also help with the social aspects of people’s lives, combating loneliness and boosting their well-being.

Sam Mackie, who is a Denbigh High School work placement student, described his volunteering role and said:  “Having the opportunity to be assistant coach at 5x60 clubs has really helped to improve my confidence and communication levelswith the students at school… something which I really wanted to improve on”.

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Gareth Evans, Active Young People Officer said:  “Over the past 18 months I have had several volunteer sport leaders who have helped me to deliver full-time 5x60 timetables within my two part-time secondary school roles. Not only that, one volunteer has refereed in a local community football league for 5 years. With the right support and guidance, volunteers can be invaluable to the work we do – without them and their support of projects, very little is sustainable in the long term”.

From building stone walls, helping the Little Terns stay safe, to football coaching, the list of what our volunteers do is extensive.  Matt Hilliker, Community Sport Manager said:  “Volunteers are the life blood of Community Sport. Without volunteers the 200+ community sport clubs in Denbighshire would not exist and there wouldn’t be as many opportunities for us all to take part in sport.

“Volunteering also gives the volunteer benefits in terms of their physical and mental health, social benefits, support networks, career opportunities and a sense of pride. In Denbighshire we like to reward our sport volunteers by providing training and qualifications for free and recognising their achievements and dedication at our annual Community Sport Awards. If you know a sports volunteer and think they deserve recognition, please visit – www.Denbighshire.gov.uk/sportsawards to nominate them”.

To find out what volunteering opportunities are available or to become a volunteer for Denbighshire, please visit our website www.denbighshire.gov.uk/volunteering

Posted on Wednesday 31st May 2017