Volunteers’ Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year. It is a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for the contribution that they make. The week also raises awareness about the benefits of becoming a volunteer and the different roles that are available. It was established in 1984 and is supported by small, local charities and organisations as well as larger, household names and charities.
Volunteers’ Week is a time to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers across SPEAR who carry out a range of roles; from Hostel Receptionist, fundraising, driving and picking up essential items, confidence building, Trustees and many more.
In 2019–20 our volunteers contributed well over 3300 hours at SPEAR, helping to make our charity stronger and more sustainable. We clearly couldn’t do all that we do without you. THANK YOU!
It will come as no surprise though that this year, Volunteers’ Week will be a low-key event, out of necessity and for the health and safety of our volunteers and staff alike amid the pandemic.
Instead, we have decided to feature one of our dedicated volunteers, Caroline Hermon, who has been helping SPEAR as a supporter and volunteer for over two years.
Dedication to supporting SPEAR
Caroline is a yoga teacher. She supports SPEAR by collecting donations from her yoga students who attend her classes. She normally teaches chair yoga to elderly people, as well as other yoga and meditation classes, and they kindly give donations which are passed to SPEAR. However, the classes have had to be suspended for the time being. Once Covid-19 emergency was declared and the country was put into lockdown, Caroline moved all her classes from Eel Pie (Richmond Yacht Club) and the ETNA community centre, onto the digital meeting platform Zoom.
For the past 11 weeks Caroline has taught yoga online. Caroline knew she wanted to continue supporting SPEAR, so she came up with a novel way to do this: whereby if two or more persons in a household joined her online Zoom class, Caroline donated the class fee from the second person in that household to SPEAR. She has raised almost £400 in funds for the charity.
Not content with spearheading her fundraising idea, Caroline then signed up to be part of the SPEAR volunteer driver pool. She is part of a driving team who collect food donations from our partner supermarkets, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, in the Twickenham area. Caroline donates her time at least once a week to collecting crates of grocery items and driving them over to our Hub office in Twickenham. She has also been instrumental in persuading several of her neighbours on her street to contact SPEAR to become volunteer drivers too!
Caroline has also helped out our Fundraising team on collection days by shaking a tin for SPEAR, as well as decluttering to raise money.
We are very grateful for Caroline’s time, dedication and energy. She embodies the spirit of volunteering in her local community and we thank her for it.
If you are interested in starting yoga or meditation or continuing your yoga/meditation journey feel free to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org and to find out more have a look at her website. Caroline looks forward to welcoming you to class – all welcome no experience necessary.
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Other special mentions
Thank you to our Board of Trustees who have given over 500 volunteer hours in the last year. They ensure that the charity operates to the best of its ability and provide valuable insight via each member’s area of expertise. Read more about their backgrounds HERE.
We also want to thank two companies who have given tremendous pro bono support. Read about the work Comms Co and Avantia are doing with SPEAR, click HERE.
Want to volunteer for SPEAR?
At SPEAR, we know the value volunteers can bring. Volunteers form a vital part of many of our services; from covering the reception desks at our Hostel, to working with our Outreach team to locate rough sleepers, to sharing hobbies and skills, providing mentoring support to clients and raising funds.
As the COVID-19 situation develops, we are constantly reviewing ways in which active volunteering could be resumed in a safe and healthy way, in accordance with Government guidelines. Please visit our Volunteers Page for the latest updates where you can also sign up to receive our e-newsletter.