This year’s Volunteers’ Week is now over, and what a week it’s been!
Jam packed with activities, events and trainings for both current and future volunteers and organisations within the borough.
We kicked off the week on the 1st June with two training sessions running in tandem. Inclusive training for organisations run by our very own Iuliana Dinu, as well as hosting Joy of Sound’s inclusive experimental training where volunteers and service users got together for a day of sharing food, music and knowledge.
Then on the 2nd June we held a stall at Portobello Market to promote volunteering within Kensington & Chelsea. We saw sunshine & showers throughout the day and spoke to a variety of stall holders, local residents and students who all signed up to find out more about volunteering!
Over the weekend our K&C Ambassadors were on hand helping tourists navigate their way through Portobello and Golbourne market, while our Community Champions project held a Community Swap event with the Council and Latymer Community Church where local residents could get together, recycle their old goods for something new and enjoy a good cup of tea.
Starting the week in style we then held our Volunteers’ Week Fair on Monday 5th June at the Copthorne Tara Hotel with 13 local organisations networking and exhibiting their volunteer roles for local people to enquire about; followed by Tuesday the 6th where we held a workshop with council officers at the Town Hall and facilitated a discussion on how we can think creatively about volunteering within the council.
Then our main event! On the final day of Volunteers Week, Wednesday 8th June, we were delighted to encompass the meaning of Volunteers’ Week and celebrate the wonderful work our volunteers do. We were able to treat our volunteers to a homemade afternoon tea and a tour around Kensington Palace! Members of our team cooked up a storm the evening before with a range of homemade baked goods ranging from banana bread to brownies and everything in between. Mini trophies and certificates were handed out to our volunteers to say thank you and the back drop of the Palace created the perfect opportunity for us to show our gratitude for all the work they do.
We're already looking forward to next year!