Volunteering Wandsworth launches new recognition scheme!

Volunteering Wandsworth has this week launched a new recognition scheme in the London Borough of Wandsworth to reward volunteers for their service. The new initiative will be launched during Volunteers’ Week that runs from 1 – 7 June 2012. From 1 June, volunteers who give over 25 hours of their time will be sent a certificate in recognition of the time that they have donated. Additionally, anyone who volunteers for over 60 hours in 2012 will be awarded a special Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year certificate.

Organisations registered with Volunteering Wandsworth will now be able to present Volunteering Wandsworth recognition certificates to their volunteers to thank them for their contribution.

Commissioned by the London Borough of Wandsworth and provided by charity Groundwork London, the service supports volunteers who live, work or study in the borough to find opportunities within local organisations.

Since its launch in April 2011, over 2500 people have registered with Volunteering Wandsworth to explore volunteering.

The service runs outreach sessions all over Wandsworth, including libraries, job centres, community projects, South Thames College and The University of Roehampton. The next outreach events take place on 12 June at Battersea library at 4:00 – 6:00pm and on 28 June at Tooting Library at 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Amrish Parmar, Project Support Officer at Volunteering Wandsworth, said: “By launching a reward scheme as part of the Diamond Jubilee weekend and Volunteer Week, organisations will be able to recognise and celebrate the contribution made by volunteers to their services. The majority of people that come to our service have either never volunteered before or are volunteering to help them get back into employment, however, this week will be about contributing to help local communities celebrate”.

Volunteers like Supattra Newbery will be eligible for a certificate for giving over 25 hours of her time as a receptionist for Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, she said: “I was so happy to volunteer. I was so proud of myself knowing that I can be a little help for our local community.”

A sample of those that have volunteered over the last 12 months show that the number of hours spent volunteering has saved the economy over £22k, based on the national minimum wage.*

If you or your organisation are inspired to get involved, register online at www.volunteeringwandsworth.org.uk or call the Volunteering Wandsworth hotline on 0300 365 9950.

* Sample based on 109 volunteers contributing 3701 hours between 1 April 2011 - 31 March 2012