Time to celebrate the work of volunteers

By David Newble

Saturday, February 22, 2014

 

Time to celebrate the work of volunteers

Deputy Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenant Patricia Partridge.

THE annual drive to celebrate volunteering on the Isle of Wight is being launched today (Friday).

The Isle of Wight Community Action Awards are supported by the Isle of Wight County Press and a range of category sponsors. They provide an opportunity for voluntary groups to win recognition and, potentially, cash prizes for their good work in the past 12 months.

They also provide a springboard for organisations to apply the for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest national accolade for the voluntary sector. The award has been won in the past by Shanklin Theatre and the Footprint Trust.

The extended number of categories this year are: older people, children and young people, environment, arts and heritage, sport, village halls and community buildings, communities and healthy lives.

Nominations should be received by 4pm on Friday, March 28. These will then be short-listed, followed by an awards evening at The Riverside Centre, Newport.

Chairman of judges Patricia Partridge, deputy Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenant, said: "It really is incredible what’s going on across the Island. The sheer level of commitment and good will never ceases to amaze me."

Nomination form available here.

• For further information, call Kyle Moul on 01983 524058.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Keven Ball

23rd February 2014, at 12:19:55

I can wait Peter - do you want my email as you do enjoy writing to me? I do like fan mail :)

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by Keven Ball

22nd February 2014, at 20:27:30

What are your thoughts about volunteering Peter, do you feel it is a good or bad idea to give-up some free time? Have you or would you ever volunteer? Again, side comments = smiley Keven :)

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by Keven Ball

22nd February 2014, at 20:00:02

Some very negative thoughts here, I am not surprised but fully disagree with you - "work for no reward" gaining experience, a reference for work, skills such as time keeping, organisation and much... that is a reward? Why do people on this site all say the same things? You can volunteer for 2 hours a week or 40 hours, it is flexible and depending on a person's circumstances etc...

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by Keven Ball

22nd February 2014, at 19:56:27

@Gaspard Postlethwaite, that is just your opinion, which is fine but where is the proof to say/state people are treated badly as you say and more? Again, a person picks the amount of hours they wish to do...

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by Gaspard Postlethwaite

22nd February 2014, at 19:40:59

I believe Sam Smith has a good point. Too many people and organisations are relying on volunteers who then work for no reward alongside others who are being paid for doing the same thing. Very often the volunteer is treated pretty badly since they are easily replaced with more free labour. Many of the charity shops have volunteers and then advertise for Chief Executives on £70,000 pa. Does not sound quite right to me.

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by Keven Ball

22nd February 2014, at 11:36:53

*I have said

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by Keven Ball

22nd February 2014, at 11:36:35

Fantastic and backs up what I have sad about being a volunteer. As I know from personal experience, I know volunteering is a great way to earn work experience and skills. I would say to anyone old or young to look into volunteering. This can only be positive and will help a person's chances of gaining employment and to meet new people and give something back! Invest in yourself and see the rewards. A big well done to all the volunteers.

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by Mike Crowe

22nd February 2014, at 09:46:10

Sam how do you know that full time employed posts have not been made by virtue of the volunteers? Had the volunteers not taken over Shanklin Theatre, 3 full time and 1 Part time would not be in existence now.

Have you used the cafe facilities provided by The Friends of St Mary's Hospital. Have you seen what they do with the money raised? All, as far as Ii know, volunteers and I don't think there would be the facilities/scope to make employed posts there with the same end result.

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by David Blackford

22nd February 2014, at 09:45:09

The great thing about this kind of charity work - It is not contributing to a fat pay packet in a London Charity Office

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by sam smith

22nd February 2014, at 09:30:51

Well done to those who volunteer for Charity work. Has anyone else noticed the rise in NON Charity businesses on the Island asking for volunteers? This is alarming and insulting where we have so many unemployed on the Island.
The Haven Falconry and Wight Island Radio regularly ask for volunteers. Wight Island Radio are asking for six positions to be filled right now. This way of staffing on the Island is increasing and should be stopped. This example of 7 or 8 jobs that could be given to the unemployed is the tip of the iceberg.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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