Celebrating Volunteers Week
This week is Volunteer’s Week and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers who work in the café, the Jubilee Centre, the shops, the garden, on the telephones, on fundraising initiatives, on our visiting service and on our committee for all the enthusiasm and energy that they bring to our charity.
We would not be able to run many of our services without our wonderful team. Thank you to one and all.
Doing good makes you feel good!
Volunteering makes the world a much better place. But, did you know that volunteering also has benefits for your own health? Researchers have found that volunteering can give you a positive attitude, increased social interaction and physical activity — all things that make a healthier person in the long run.
- Decreased risk of depression: Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and broaden your support network. It enables you to work alongside people with common interests and gives you a sense of community and connectedness. Research has shown all of these things lead to lower risks of depression, anxiety and feelings of loneliness.
- A boost to your mental health: If you’re contributing to a cause that’s meaningful to you, you can’t help but feel happiness. Studies show your body releases endorphins during positive social contact, similar to the physical response after a hard workout.
- Increased physical activity: Many volunteer activities require you to move and while these activities vary in physical exertion, such activities get your heart rate up. One recent study found that volunteers reported better physical health than those that didn’t volunteer.
- Reduced stress: Volunteering and helping others can give you a sense of purpose and appreciation, which can be a massive stress reliever.
- Lower blood pressure: Research by Carnegie Mellon University found that older adults who volunteer at least 200 hours each year were 40 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure.
Inspired to volunteer?
Our volunteers are integral to how we deliver services in Bury. We have a fantastic team who help us offer a variety of support in the local community.
It would be great if you could join them. Read more about the different opportunities below.
- Our befriending service volunteers with those who are isolated and would welcome a friendly face.
- Our team of telephone befriending volunteers make a friendly call which can make the world of difference to someone stuck in their home.
- Our mobility volunteers enable people meet with others.
- Our charity shop volunteers raise vital funds to support the charity’s work.
- Our Jubilee Centre café volunteers supports the smooth running of the café and make it a friendly place to be.
- Our fundraising volunteers hold a range of enjoyable events to raise funds.
If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact us on 0161 763 9030 or email email@example.com and we will get back to you.
If you have a skill or interest, you could share that would support our charity, please discuss it with us.
We have set up a page on the Just Giving website to help our supporters raise much needed funds for our charity. The site allows you to promote a sponsored activity or event
We would like to thank the friends of David Andrew who made an online donation to our work and Nigel Foxcroft who set up an online donation page in memory of his mother, Irene. Your support is very much appreciated.
You can set up a donation page at the Just Giving Website here: https://www.justgiving.com/ageuk-bury
Every penny donated to us stays in Bury, supporting the local community.
Carers Week – 6th to 10th June 2022
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
The theme of Carers Week is Make Caring Visible and Valued. With more than 6.5 million people in the UK currently caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is older, disabled or seriously ill, caring will affect all of us at some point in our lives. Yet many people don’t identify themselves as carers – they simply see themselves as spouses, parents, children or friends, meaning that many carers across the UK aren’t connected to vital information and support.
Jubilee Bank Holiday Opening Hours
- Our Ramsbottom Shop is open Friday 3rd June, Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June in support of 1940s Weekend.
- Our shop on the Rock will be open on Saturday 4th June and then on Tuesday 7th June.
- Our Jubilee Centre, café and our services will reopen on Monday 6th June.
Jubilee Centre Timetable
The Jubilee Centre timetable of activities is here TIMETABLE June 2022 (PDF)
Our next newsletter will be out on Friday 17th June.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend of celebrations.
Andy and all at Age UK Bury