International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day


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International Volunteer Day takes place every year on 5th December was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.

It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for, the contribution they make to their communities. It is also viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGO’s), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

The act of volunteering is found in all cultures, languages, and religions. Each year, hundreds of millions of people volunteer their time and skills to help make the world a better place. When they volunteer, they help to improve the lives of others. And when they volunteer, they also gain a greater sense of belonging to their communities.



Volunteering in Bracknell Forest

Volunteers should be applauded because they give their time and expertise for free. Involve runs the Volunteer Centre in Bracknell Forest. This acts as a free recruitment agency, helping the many voluntary and community organisations in the area to find volunteers. There are volunteering opportunities for everyone in all kinds of areas – some will only ask for an hour a week of your time, others maybe more. A few of the popular volunteering opportunities which people recognise are roles such as:

  • Driving for Good Neighbours (local car transport schemes providing vital transport for people to get to a doctor or hospital appointment)
  • Helping at a day centre (making and serving teas and lunches)
  • Activities with people who may be lonely or isolated.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, give something back, pass on your skills and learn new ones. Some use volunteering as a way into finding paid work while others simply volunteer to forget about work; Involve can help to find the right opportunity for you.


If you would like more information on volunteering, contact Involve via:



Healthwatch Bracknell Forest is recruiting members of the public to join the team of volunteers who help promote and carry out Healthwatch Bracknell Forest activities and functions. You know your neighbourhood; you have relatives, friends, neighbours, colleagues and a whole network of contacts who you could ask for their ideas about how to improve services for everyone. You are the local experts!

Joining the Healthwatch Bracknell Forest team will give you a great opportunity to help make a real difference to delivering service improvements and benefits for communities across Bracknell Forest.

Healthwatch Bracknell Forest are currently recruiting for two roles, you maybe interested in one or both of them.


Community Champion – Community Champions help to promote Healthwatch Bracknell Forest and its work within the local community. This could involve running a promotion stall at a local event, collecting the views from people you meet at your clubs and groups, delivering leaflets and posters to places such as local GP surgeries and, in some cases, delivering a small presentation to a local group.


Authorised Representative (Enter and View) – One of the statutory powers Healthwatch Bracknell Forest has is ‘Enter & View’. Representatives, ideally in groups of three (professional, expert patient and lay member) can enter and view health and social care facilities and services. This may be because we have been invited by the service provider or because members of the public/partner organisations (such as the Care Quality Commission – CQC) have highlighted areas of concern.


For further details please visit: or Telephone: 01344 266 911


Helping each other to live fulfilling lives


LETS stands for Local Exchange Trading System. LETS is a barter system which helps people to exchange goods and services with minimal use of money by encouraging the sharing of skills and resources. There’s a wealth of often unused skills and expertise so LETS is a great way of helping others whilst receiving help in return when needed. If this sounds like you and you are willing to trade what you have – a skill, some time or an item for you need, then Bracknell LETS is for you. Members advertise their goods, skills and services in a regularly produced directory.

LETS welcomes new members – many people find it a useful way of getting to know other people.

Bracknell LETS meets at Newbold School, Popeswood Road, Binfield, RG42 4AH on the first Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm – 9.00pm.


Think this is a great idea?  Then get in touch on 01344 442914 or


You can also see a full range of roles and apply online at the following websites: