Learn more about volunteering in Bexley this Volunteers' Week
PUBLISHED: 10:09 03 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 03 June 2016
Nearly 22million people volunteer at least once a year
Would-be volunteers are being encouraged to find out more about the opportunities to help support other people across Bexley.
The start of this month marks the beginning of Volunteers’ Week, which is running from June 1 to June 12.
The annual campaign, which has been running for more than 30 years, attempts to recognise the everyday contribution that volunteers make in local communities, and tries to find more volunteers where they are needed most.
Nearly 22m people in the UK do some form of volunteering at least once a year.
More than 14m do the same monthly.
As part of the week, the Volunteer Centre in Bexley is hosting a drop-in day for the public on June 7.
The free event is a chance for locals to find out more about how they can lend a helping hand and get involved in the local community.
Chief executive at the organisation, Sakthi Suriyaprakasam, said: “We believe that volunteering has the power to change lives.
“Volunteers transform our community through the help they give local organisations, but they also transform themselves.
“They learn new skills, gain confidence, meet new people and make a difference to people’s lives.
“We want to give more people the opportunity to give their time, both through our drop-in day and our new online database of voluntary work.”
The drop-in event runs from 10am to 3pm at the Volunteer Centre’s offices at Crayford Manor House on Mayplace Road East.
People who cannot make the event are able to find out more at www.bvsc.co.uk/volunteer.