The 224 people in Staffordshire who give up their time to support The Children’s Society’s vital work to fight childhood poverty and neglect are part of a movement of almost 11,000 amazing volunteers across the country.
This week (1-7 June) marks the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to every individual in Staffordshire who volunteers their time, energy and skills to help us improve children’s lives.
Volunteers have been absolutely integral to the work of The Children’s Society since we started over 130 years ago and this has continued to be the case in the last 30 years.
Our thousands of dedicated local fundraising volunteers have raised more than £156m to support our work in the last three decades. Our retail volunteers have enabled us to build a network of almost 100 charity shops raising millions a year. And the hundreds of volunteers involved in delivering our services have helped us change the lives of more than 100,000 of the country’s most vulnerable children and young people since Volunteers’ Week was established in 1984.
There are so many actions people can take to make a difference – whether they can spare 30 minutes, 30 days or even 30 weeks. We will be sharing some of them every day this week on our website (www.childrenssociety.org.uk/volunteer-blogs) to help inspire even more people in Staffordshire to get involved.