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Health Matters - Why volunteering is good news all round

Health Matters - Why volunteering is good news all round
14 June 2018

Julia Hulland-Vernon, Community Engagement and Participation Officer, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Why volunteering is good news all round

Every week, volunteers in Cheshire East contribute more than 65,000 hours of their time to support our community. This is the equivalent of more than 1,700 full-time jobs.

Imagine for one moment what our community would be like if it weren’t for the generosity of this truly dedicated group of individuals. June’s Volunteers’ Week is a chance for us to say thank you for the fantastic contribution that residents of Eastern Cheshire have made through giving their time and expertise to support health and care for the people who live here.

There are many ways in which people contribute to health and care in the community, whether it is volunteering with East Cheshire NHS Trust – which runs the Macclesfield, Congleton and Knutsford hospitals; being a patient representative for the CCG; or supporting the charity and voluntary sector.

Volunteering is an unpaid activity where you give your time to help an organisation providing important public, community or voluntary services. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together.

Volunteering support for organisations is vital. Without the hours devoted to our community each week by our volunteers, many of our care services would not be possible. We thank you all for the important work that you do.

We also encourage others to become volunteers in their local community. You can volunteer no matter your age, whether you are in work or not and whether you have any support needs. Volunteering is a fantastic way to support your community but it also benefits you:

  • Volunteering can provide valuable work experience, add to your CV and increase your prospects of future employment.  
  • Volunteering offers a great chance to explore new fields of interest,  whether you are looking for a new direction or diversity in your work life or developing your current skill set and building confidence.
  • Volunteering should not exclude you from receiving benefits but speak to your advisor before applying.
  • Volunteering offers the ability to continue to play an active role in the local community, apply your life skills and knowledge in support of a cause and enrich an organisation with your experience.

For volunteer opportunities you can: