Celebrating 100 years of volunteering in Suffolk

Celebrating 100 years of volunteering in Suffolk

A NEW Suffolk-wide initiative is under way, to celebrate the men, women and children who have contributed to the county through volunteering. The month-long 100 Years of Volunteering campaign is being led by Community Action Suffolk, and had its official launch at St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Woodbridge.

Pupils at the primary school got stuck into a day of activities, including visits from servicemen, dressing-up opportunities, and talks about the importance of volunteering, all as part of the kickstart to the centenary celebration.

St Mary’s was previously judged as the winner of the School’s Garden of Remembrance contest, staged at the Suffolk Show. Its pupils have been learning in detail about the changes in society’s role over the last 100 years, which marks the ending of the First World War.

Community Action Suffolk was invited to the school to help launch their countywide campaign, ‘100 years of volunteering – Then and Now’.

Also supporting the centenary activity is George Vestey, High Sheriff of Suffolk for 2018.

Paul White, Volunteer Manager at CAS, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to launch our campaign at the primary school, and to help youngsters in the county learn more about the extraordinary extent of volunteering throughout the Great War.

“The intention of the campaign is to inspire more people of all ages to give their time to their community and to visit our volunteering opportunity website Volunteer Suffolk to find the diverse range of volunteering opportunities available today.”

To find out more about the volunteering celebrations and activities, contact Joanna Belfield,  Volunteer Coordinator at CAS on 07990 576893, or email jo.belfield@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk.