Monmouthshire County Council will mark Volunteers’ Week – an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – by recognising the success of members of the community who give their time and talents freely.  The council will publish a number of videos featuring the contributions of volunteers on its Facebook and Twitter channels during Volunteers’ Week which takes place from 1st to 7th June.

Within Monmouthshire, almost 2,000 volunteers support the county council to make a positive impact on the quality of life of their communities.  Up to fifty volunteers support youth workers and assist in the county’s provisions for young people.  Willing groups regularly survey and maintain rights of way to assist Monmouthshire’s Countryside Service, while events organised by the council owe much to the involvement of those acting as marshals or providing refreshments and first aid.  In outlying areas, the council’s Grass Routes scheme offers a bus service to residents who have difficulty accessing public transport and this relies heavily on volunteers to drive vehicles.  People interested in learning more about the council’s opportunities should contact lead officer for coordinating and developing volunteering, Owen Wilce – volunteering@monmouthshire.gov.uk or 01633 644420.

Volunteers benefit from their participation as it increases their confidence, helps them gain new skills and experience, friends and gives them an increased sense of purpose. Monmouthshire County Council offers support and guidance to ensure that the volunteering opportunity is a valuable, enjoyable experience.

Owen Wilce, the council’s lead officer for coordinating and developing volunteering said: “Volunteers Week is an opportunity to raise the profile of volunteering within Monmouthshire and to recognise and look for ways of making the experience even better.”

Monmouthshire’s Chief Executive Paul Matthews added: “The importance of voluntary contribution to the community cannot be underestimated.  We are very grateful for their dedication as well as the skills and valuable experience they offer.  We’re acknowledging the contribution of volunteers with a number of posts on our social media channels.”

Monmouthshire’s Volunteer Centre run by GAVO offers support and guidance – http://www.gavowales.org.uk/volunteering or call 01633 241566

For volunteering opportunities in your area visit: www.volunteering-wales.net