Mayor marked Volunteers’ Week in Doncaster

Doncaster residents were invited to take part in a picnic, woodland walk and to find out more about volunteering as the borough marked Volunteers’ Week.

Civic Mayor of Doncaster, Cllr Linda Curran, helped to mark the week by making an appearance at the event, hosted at Flourish Enterprises, Woodfield Park, off Tickhill Road, Balby, on Friday June 7.

The event included a guided woodland walk at Woodfield Park, giving volunteers the opportunity to discover the local wildlife, flora and fauna. It finished at the Flourish Enterprises’ Garden Centre at 11am, where Cllr Curran, met visitors.

Cllr Linda Curran said: “Volunteering is such a worthy cause and our volunteers make an enormous contribution to the borough. It was great to meet and thank those who work hard and give up their time to support our communities.”

Visitors and volunteers were encouraged to bring along a picnic to enjoy and to find out more about volunteering from the wide range of organisations that attended.

Dr David Crichton, Doncaster GP and Chairman of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “This event was a great opportunity to recognise the important work volunteers do to improve and enhance people’s lives in Doncaster.

“As a GP, and speaking on behalf of thousands of health and care staff in Doncaster, volunteering not only provides help and support for others, it also enables individuals to give something back to society, knowing they are supporting people to improve the experiences of patients and members of the public.”

One of the event organisers, June Rutherford, from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “This was a fabulous way of saying ‘thank you’ to the many volunteers across Doncaster who give their time to help others.

“Volunteering is a great way of learning new skills, making new friends and giving something back to the community,” added June.

Many voluntary organisations attended the event with lots of information to share with would-be volunteers.

Flourish Enterprises provides work and vocational opportunities to people who need support to get back into education or employment.