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Spotlight on EngAge Rotherham - July 2017

The Walkie Talkies

June marked ‘Count Me In!, Rotherham Volunteer Month 2017. Age UK Rotherham, along with other voluntary sector groups, took ample opportunities to say thank you to our volunteers and encourage new people to ‘shake a leg’ and join up.


The centrepiece of the celebration each year is a walk around Rotherham town centre and with over 44 volunteer organisations and around 250 walkers talking part, it goes to show that walking in a circle is not always pointless!


The Big Walk has been running for three years now and takes it name due to the number of people and not the distance covered. The afternoon started at Rotherham Minister, where volunteers were given the opportunity to mingle with each other and kick up their heels to the sounds of Clifton Community Choir, St Paul’s Choir and Sheffield Pipe Band.


After a speech from the Rotherham Mayor, Councillor Eve Keenan, the walk was afoot, with mounted police setting the pace at the front and the City of Sheffield Pipe Band marching at the rear. The weather, which was both raining and windy, could have dampened the spirits of those that had to head out into it, but instead the elements spurred people on and the atmosphere was electric with many volunteers from different organisations chatting and even becoming ‘sole’ mates. The walk finished with people sprinting inside for a hot drink, cake and inspirational speeches as well as more singing.


Kathryn Wild, EngAge Rotherham Support and Development Worker said, ‘It’s always great to see so many volunteers from Age UK Rotherham and other voluntary sector groups and it is nice that we are able to recognise the role they play to support the community. We were a bit worried in the morning with the bad weather, but we shouldn’t have been. Weather is not going to stop people from Rotherham coming out and if anything it made the atmosphere.’


Volunteers play a significant role in Rotherham

  • There are 49,000 volunteers in Rotherham
  • There are 12,300 volunteer committee/board members in the sector
  • Volunteers give 85,300 hours of their time each week
  • The value of volunteering in Rotherham each year is estimated to be £88 million


Since we have run out of puns and some of the puns used are on their ‘last legs’, the Spotlight will end with the wise words of the Cheshire Cat, ‘Every adventure requires a first step.’ 


Why not start your own new adventure and volunteer with Age UK Rotherham. For more details about volunteering at Age UK Rotherham:

visit our volunteering page on our website

call in  to our volunteer drop in at our office on the second Monday afternoon (between 1.00 pm - 4.30 pm) of every month

call 01709 910 699


The Big Walk 2017

Age UK Rotherham Volunteer at the Minster














Footnotes (otherwise known as also in June):

We supported a men’s group setting up in Clifton.

We gave a talk at Rotherfed’s Digital Champion training workshop.

We had a stall at Mears Breakfast Club.

We attended local MP John Healey’s Great Get Together Coffee Morning.

We joined volunteers at an evening get together and meal