We are currently in the middle of Leeds City Council’s Month of Volunteering which runs from Monday 11 May until Sunday 7 June and there is plenty going on!
As part of the activities during the Month each Director from the Council’s Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) is taking part in volunteering activities with a team of their staff all of which will benefit the third sector in Leeds.
On Tuesday 12 May a team of six staff from Leeds City Council’s Financial Inclusion team volunteered at the Fare Share warehouse in Cross Green. Staff spent the day putting together donated food parcels. The depot then distributes the parcels to the city’s food banks, families in need and local schools.
On Wednesday 13 May it was the turn of Director of City Development, Martin Farrington, and a group of his staff to undertake the volunteering challenge, this time at Stank Hall Barn. Stank Hall Barn is a fifteenth century barn in Beeston, Leeds and is one of the oldest secular buildings in Leeds. The Friends of Stank Hall Barn charities have funding to create a garden outside the barn. The staff volunteers were clearing the site, creating raised beds and creating paths.
Meanwhile, the official launch of the Month of Volunteering took place on Thursday 14 May with the Lord Mayor’s Thank You event in the Banquet Suite, Civic Hall, for over 150 volunteers in the city. This was an opportunity for the Mayor to personally thank individuals and groups who give their time to help others and make Leeds a great place.
The volunteering bonanza continued on Wednesday 20 May, when a team of Leeds City Council staff from Director of Public Health Ian Cameron’s department, joined forces with a group of Asda employees to undertake a volunteering day at Post Hill with the Friends of Post Hill charity. The Friends group are installing a WW1 memorial bench and the volunteers got stuck into tasks such as Himalayan balsam removal, small scrub removal from the wildflower meadow and litter picking. Post Hill is a fantastic nature area in Pudsey, comprising woodland, meadows, wetlands and becks.Over the next few weeks there will be plenty more team volunteering taking place helping out third sector organisations such as Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Moor Allerton Elderly Care, Richmond Hill Elderly Action and St. George’s Crypt.
The Volunteer Member Champion for Leeds City Council, Councillor Asghar Khan, will be helping out by volunteering at elderly social clubs at Richmond Hill Elderly Action and Burmantofts Senior Action.
As part of the activities during the Month there is also a public volunteering event taking place on Saturday 30 May from 11.00am – 3.00pm at Victoria Gardens. This event is a chance for third sector organisations and Leeds City Council schemes which recruit volunteers to promote the work of volunteers and engage with members of the public about opportunities to volunteer.
The National Week of Volunteering takes place from Monday 1 June until Sunday 7 June where there will be plenty more going on in Leeds including the launch of the VAL's Youth Giving Time volunteer selfie campaign and LCC Chief Officer, Tom Riordan, will be taking part in an internet coding volunteering session at Google Digital Garage with participants from Little London Primary School and Age UK’s Silver Surfers under the guidance of Code Club volunteers from Leeds-based company The Test People. For any Month of Volunteering enquires please get in touch with Brendan: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com