Celebratory events to be hosted by local charities in Buckinghamshire for Volunteers Week 2016


Volunteers’ Week 1-12 June 2016
Celebratory events to be hosted by local charities in Bucks

As part of the Volunteers’ Week “Big Celebrations” 1-12 June 2016, Buckinghamshire based charities are hosting a number of events to celebrate the support and services provided by their’ volunteers.  If you are considering volunteering, please contact the organiser or come along to find out about the range of amazing work that our volunteers are involved in.


The Florence Nightingale Hospice Volunteer Thankyou Party 2015, held at Ellesborough Golf Club

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Volunteer Thank you Party 2015, held at Ellesborough Golf Club

Volunteer “Thank You” Party , 1st June 2016 3.30 – 5.30
Venue:              Ellesborough Golf Club, Wendover Road, Butlers Cross, HP17 0TZ
Organiser:        Tracey O’Hara
Email:               traceyohara@fnhospice.org.uk
tel:                     01296 332600

Honouring the work of our volunteers during National Volunteers’ Week.  An afternoon to say thank you to our wonderful volunteers, held at Ellesborough Golf Club – we will serve afternoon tea, hold a raffle and present long service awards.  It is also a great opportunity too for our volunteers to share some time socially and get to meet like minded people.  New and interested volunteers also welcome.


Volunteer’s Charity Tabletop Sale, 2nd – 4th June, 11am – 4pm

Venue:              Buckinghamshire County Museum Trust, Church St, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
volunteers-week-2016-logoOrganiser:        Sarah Jones
Email:               sarahjones@buckscountymuseum.org
tel:                     (01296) 624519
Volunteers will be selling books, homemade cakes and plants in a tabletop sale to raise money for two local charities that our volunteers have nominated to support: Air Ambulance Berks/Oxon/Bucks & Medical Detection Dogs. Simply pop into the Museum foyer during opening hours to browse the stall, buy or donate for great causes!  A great opportunity to learn about volunteering and fundraising too.


Queen’s Birthday Celebration & Volunteer Presentations 8th June 2pm

Venue:              Waddesdon Village Hall, Baker St (off High St), Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0LQ
Organiser:        Paula Kinsella
Email:               ptckinsella@gmail.com
tel:                     07732 185329

The Waddesdon Wednesday Club host afternoon tea and activities for members.  They are celebrating the Queens Birthday with a special afternoon tea and this will also be an opportunity to formally thank volunteers for their’ efforts.  The club is 35 years old in October 2016, and some volunteers have provided support since the club’s inception.  Two performing groups will visit on Wednesday 8th June and prospective new members are invited to join us for this special celebratory event.


12494795_1525844561057417_1686597688986424272_n1st June is Aylesbury Youth Action’s (AYA) official birthday – it marks the first meeting of the young people in 1971 to plan their volunteering projects around Aylesbury.  45 years on, AYA continues to strive to be youth-led in its approach to volunteering – supporting young people to take action in their community to address local needs.

On 1st June AYA are having a fun stall in Aylesbury Market Square, where local people can have a go at ‘hook-a-duck’ or our tombola.  We shall also be doing some face painting, and you’ll have the chance to enter our ice cream competition to design a bespoke ice cream flavour that represents Aylesbury Youth Action!

We continue with our birthday celebrations for a full 40 days throughout June and early July!

ChiIX4UW4AAFoeeOn the 4th June we have a volunteer reunion at The Works for anyone who used to volunteer at AYA (tickets need to be booked in advance via our ‘Aylesbury Youth Action Fellowship’ Facebook group), and 6th June kick-starts 30 days of fundraising support from Harris and Hoole Coffee Shop, which will also see our face painting team and some children’s crafts and games in the coffee shop on 18th June.  You’re sure to see AYA out and about over the next few weeks in our purple for our #40daysofpurple fun, so please do stop and say Hi!


For more information about a broad range of volunteering opportunities please visit our webpage:



Fairs in Buckinghamshire during Volunteers Week 2016


Volunteers’ Week 1-12 June 2016
Celebrating and promoting volunteering in Bucks
–  Local fairs to help address national shortage of volunteers  –

25822089174_3af01d698f_kCommunity Events

This year, Volunteers Week has been extended to run from 112 June. Community Impact Bucks (CIB) will be holding a

Volunteer Fair on 9th June from 10am – 2pm at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Amersham. 

This is an opportunity to meet volunteers and charities working in the local community, learn about services that are available, and maybe even find out about a volunteering opportunity that would suit you!


EnrychA specific Befriending Fair will be held on 7th June from 10am – 12pm in Market Square, Buckingham, as there is a real need for befrienders in Buckinghamshire, and a service that is desperately required by many people experiencing isolation.

Helen Cavill, Volunteer Hub Co-ordinator, said: “Volunteering is a highly rewarding activity with far reaching benefits for the volunteer. For an isolated person, receiving a volunteer befriender can be their salvation. This vital service provides a link to the outside world and often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support.”

Volunteer Shortage

The Cabinet Office’s 2014-15 Community Life Survey indicated that overall volunteering rates have significantly decreased compared to 2013-14, and Nick Phillips, Group Chief Executive at Community Impact Bucks, said:

“Volunteering is alive and well in the county. But many organisations still urgently need more volunteer support! There are in excess of 300 volunteer vacancies at charities in Buckinghamshire.”

CIB is more determined than ever to promote the value of volunteering to Buckinghamshire residents, and to celebrate the fantastic role played by all the volunteers who dedicate their time, skills, energy and enthusiasm to the 2,500 registered charities, and more unregistered “groups” in the county.

Discovering A New Experience
Volunteering can present life changing opportunities –  taking individuals way outside their comfort zones, or enabling them to utilise existing skills in a new area.  All contributions are valued, and roles are very flexible.  CIB’s online recruitment portal www.volunteeringbucks.org.uk is a gateway to a wide variety of volunteering opportunities in Buckinghamshire, ranging from using business expertise, to befriending, to practical countryside skills.