This week it’s Volunteers’ Week (June 1st – 7th), a week to celebrate all the hard work that volunteers’ across the UK do to support a range of charities, organisations and individuals. Nationally, 28% of people volunteer their time formally through an organisation or group, and one of the ways people can do this is through their local Rotaract or Rotary group.
In 2012, people in the City of Edinburgh alone contributed 17 million hours of volunteer time to help others, this is the equivalent of £308 million of support to the local economy*. That’s an incredible amount of support and some of our dedicated Rotaractors contributed to that figure.
In the last year Edinburgh Rotaract have helped a range of charities in lots of different ways. We have supported Paradventures at Peak 2 Peak, an event that sees wheelchair users scale Arthur’s Seat with the support of a team. We have also helped out at the Kiltwalk, dressed in onesies for a bucket shake to support CHAS and participated in the Big Dinner to raise money for 500 miles.
Why volunteer? Well there are lots of studies that show that volunteering makes you happy, but apart from that volunteering gives you the opportunity to give back to your community, support causes that are important to you, develop and learn new skills and meet new people. What more could you want?
Joining your local Rotaract group is a great way to volunteer, we support a range of local, national and international charities and it means you can fit in volunteering around your day to day activities. Whether you only have an hour or so to give up each month or want to volunteer on a more regular basis, joining Rotaract will give you the opportunity to do either! So next Monday pop along to one of our meetings and say hello! We hope to see you soon….and we promise we are a friendly bunch!
* Volunteer Scotland figures: http://www.volunteerscotland.net/policy-and-research/data-and-graphs/local-area-profiles/edinburgh