Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from 1-12 June 2016.
Your District Council wants to celebrate the great efforts made by so many volunteers in the Derbyshire Dales and we've been asking you to get in touch with us and share what you do. Here are some of the contributions we've had so far:
Breastmates Breastfeeding Support is a group of mums who have all breastfed and now offer assistance and support to other breastfeeding mums. They operate in Matlock, Wirksworth, Buxton and the High Peak with 15 active volunteers in the Derbyshire Dales area.
More information can be found via Facebook.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, based in Middleton by Wirksworth, is one of 47 local Trusts around the UK working to promote and protect local wildlife. The only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect all wildlife across the whole county, managing 42 nature reserves, including moorland, wetlands, woodlands and wildflower meadows. Volunteers help them in every aspect of their work. From several days a week to a few times a year, they can choose how much time to give, and all of it is greatly appreciated.
The current volunteer work programme
Marion Burton of Doveridge writes:-
‘Here in Doveridge we take litter pretty seriously. We have a dedicated team of litter pickers who make regular sorties round the village to ensure a pleasant environment for everyone, and even lobbying the fast food giants, who are the source of most of the litter regularly gathered in this village. Our diligence was rewarded last year when two of our ladies, Marion Burton and Annita Mobbs secured a National trophy from the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and carried it triumphantly back to our WI’.
Tony Clarke, Chairman of Hognaston Village Hall Committee, wrote to let us know about an initiative called Lite Bites which offers light lunches for anyone in the village, or passing through, on one Tuesday a month. Apart from the Pub and Church, there is nowhere else for villagers, many elderly, to meet for a chat. There are now over twenty regularly attending each month who have commented how nice it is to meet up and relax and chat with others whom they don’t usually meet. Others have said the food and value is excellent.
The District Council’s Walking for Health Officer is organising a Walk Leader Social Evening during Volunteers’ week to celebrate the efforts made by so many walk leader volunteers.
Hartington Young Persons Activity Club (or HYPAC for short) is a sports based programme designed for young people in the Hartington and district area. Established by Liz Broomhead MBE in 2009 the club is run by a skilled core team of talented young leaders from Hartington and Biggin who organise and deliver activities such as football, cricket, netball, rock climbing and seated volleyball in a structured yet incredibly fun way. The activities are tailored to suit members of all different abilities and interests. Due to the skills and qualities developed through being a part of a team, HYPAC has proven itself to be a vital resource at the heart of the community and looks forward to a successful 2016’. On 6 June some HYPACers will be canoeing at Cromford and others industriously litter picking in Hartington.
Matlock Civic Association has worked on a huge variety of projects and activities over the past 30 plus years, including several partnership schemes with the District Council. Their next monthly meeting will be on Monday 13 June at 7.30pm in the Matlock Methodist Church Hall on Bank Road which anyone interested in joining would be welcome to attend. More information can be found on their website.
Matlock Hospital League of Friends support Whitworth Hospital and Orchard Cottage. They are very grateful for all the help and support given by members, individuals and groups and particularly for legacies, which help The League to provide the extras and to improve facilities at a well-loved hospital, where staff provide such safe and happy care. The League is completely reliant on the goodwill of the local community and it is the local population who have made this hospital into a thriving, patient-orientated and comprehensive service.
Next year, they look forward to celebrating 50 Golden Years serving a Gold-Standard Hospital.
Volunteers play a vital role at Matlock Pre-school playgroup. Both staff and parents volunteer their time to fundraise and look after the pre-school. They garden, bake, face paint, fix equipment, hold events and do much more to ensure the pre-school is a great place to play and learn for over 60 local children.
Matlock Town Council
Discover Denefields is a community development project delivered by Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield in partnership with and on behalf of Matlock Town Council. The project’s mission statement is ‘Together we can create cleaner, safer outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed and used by all the community’. They are always on the lookout for volunteers who meet regularly on a Thursday. Find out more on their website.
Councillor Peter Slack let us know about The Middleton Village Green Community Group (Green Team) who are hard at work with redesigning and planting the Village Green. They have just finished refurbishment of the Bus Shelter where many visiting walkers stop to enjoy their lunch. All these efforts are to aid the village entry in to Britain in Bloom. During Volunteer Week, the Group will be finishing planting and putting up hanging baskets around the Green, and will then move on to fixing up bird feeding stations. So, it’s all go for Middleton Green Team!
To mark Volunteers’ Week, Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales, are pulling together a volunteer tree, one in Ashbourne, the other in Buxton. The organisation does a tremendous amount of work to recruit volunteers and to match them to where their skills may best fit. More information on their website
Tony Wheeler of the Rotary Club of Wirksworth writes: "I am delighted to bring you the news that Aquabox, run by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth, is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016. This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups in the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities and it is the MBE for volunteer groups." Well done Aquabox!