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Volunteers Week 2017

29 June 2017

Computer class volunteer

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1st-7th June every year.

As part of these celebrations Age UK Bristol held a lunch on 1st June to thank volunteers for their commitment to the work of the organisation and for the real difference that they make to the lives of older people in Bristol.

The theme of Volunteers Week was “You Make the Difference” and this was highlighted in Mark Baker’s welcome address. Volunteers across all our services have made a measurable difference by lifting older people out of poverty, befriending them and connecting them to vital services, making on line shopping accessible to older people, caring and supporting them at the Day Centre, welcoming them into the office and connecting older people to the digital world! Mark also expressed thanks to Volunteer Trustees who give direction to the work of the organisation, and to BAB volunteers who do pioneering work to reduce loneliness and isolation in Bristol.

We said goodbye to Fran Sheridan, who has volunteered with us for almost 5 years, most recently at the New Beginnings Day Centre and Essi Kauranen who has been supporting BAB as a volunteer administrator 


We also heard the voices of volunteers at the event, with quotes about why they volunteer displayed and through a short video which you can watch here:



Thanks to all those who attended and a huge thank to all our volunteers for making the difference!

If you would like to join our Volunteering Team to contribute to the fantastic work they do please see our current vacancies  or contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 0117 929 7537.