The Carers Hub is celebrating the contribution of its volunteer ‘heroes’ next week as Volunteers’ Week 2016 gets underway.

As a service which provides support, advice and guidance to carers of all ages across Staffordshire, the Carers Hub is proud that many of its volunteers have been carers themselves, and can share this experience with clients.

The celebrations will be launched on June 1 when the Carers Hub will be promoting the annual Volunteers Week campaign by highlighting the contribution made by all volunteers who give up their time freely to help others and to demonstrate the wealth of volunteering opportunities available.

All current volunteers for the Carers Hub are also being invited to join an outing to the Wildlife Rescue Centre, followed by cream tea at Amerton Farm and Craft Centre near Stone.

Volunteers Week 2016, which runs from 1-12 June, is an annual event to mark the contribution of 21 million people in the UK whose efforts contribute an estimated £23.9bn each year.

Hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to mark the campaign, which recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day. This year it has been extended by an additional five days, enabling more people than ever to take part.

The generosity of the 14 volunteers who currently support the Carers Hub, based in Hanley and Stafford, helps provide activities for young carers, such as craft workshops, bowling and football, and run adult support groups across the county.

Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, Volunteers’ Co-ordinator at the Carers Hub, said:

“I’m so proud of all our volunteers. They really are our heroes in the office, and it’s absolutely right that the fantastic contribution they make is properly recognised.”

Sarah added: “Very often the smallest and simplest things can make all the difference. People don’t need particular skills or qualifications to volunteer with us and it’s flexible to fit around their work or other commitments. As well as it being enormously rewarding and fulfilling, we give all our volunteers the opportunity to develop their skills and access many training courses that are available to employees.”

Launched in October last year, the Carers Hub helps carers get access to 1:1 support, regular groups, training workshops and online support. Commissioned by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and operated by public services provider,

PeoplePlus, the service also works alongside local charities and organisations to make sure people get the all-round support they need.

The two main bases are in Albion Street, Hanley, and Madford Retail Park, Stafford. The Carers Hub also works in many community locations where carers can get support and information close to where they live or work.

* If you have a few hours to spare and would like to find out more about volunteering at the Carers Hub, please call Sarah Wilson on 0330 1231937.