LETTER: volunteers provide vital backing


It’s National Volunteers Week and I’d like to say a few words in praise of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who are selflessly giving up their free time for worthy local causes up and down the country.

I work for a fantastic national charity called Vitalise. We provide much-needed respite breaks for people with disabilities and carers from across the UK.

We simply couldn’t do what we do without the help of the thousands of volunteers who willingly give up their time to provide support and companionship for our guests each year.

Some of our volunteers come from the local area, while others travel halfway round the world to give their precious time to Vitalise, but they all share a common desire to improve themselves and the society they live in.

Without doubt charities like Vitalise benefit from the contribution of volunteers, but did you know that our volunteers benefit just as much from the experience?

Our own research has shown that volunteering improves peoples’ job prospects, inspires them to get more involved in their communities and leaves them feeling more confident and well-rounded as a result.

In many cases volunteering can turn lives around and set people on a more positive course in life.

Volunteering is a truly inspiring experience, so I would like to invite your readers to be inspired too, and spend a week of their time - or just the odd day - helping our disabled guests have a much-needed break.

It’s tremendous fun and a fantastic opportunity for you to put your experience to good use, gain new skills and make new friends from all over the world, so why not give it a try? For more info call 0303 303 0147 or email volunteer@vitalise.org.uk.

Colin Brook