A chance to give back to your community

Release Date: 05 September 2017

Today is the International Day of Charity, a time for people to help others through volunteering and philanthropic activities.

The International Day of Charity was established to encourage people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to support their communities by volunteering to help those in need.

The date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work to overcome poverty.

Cllr David Linnette, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the Voluntary Sector said:

“Today is a perfect time for us to think about how we can help those in the community who are less fortunate than ourselves. I would like to encourage everyone who is able to give some of their time or talents to supporting vulnerable members in their community.

“Richmond has one of the highest rates of volunteering in the country with over 18,000 residents volunteering their time to help others. This makes a huge contribution to making Richmond a wonderful place in which to live.”

The Council supports and encourages volunteering through funding a Volunteer Recruitment and Placement service run by Richmond Council for Voluntary Service.

Kathryn Williamson, Director of Richmond Council for Voluntary Service said:

“Richmond CVS is delighted that the Council is highlighting International Day of Charity and we are very keen to hear from residents who would like to know more about how they can get involved in their local community by volunteering. There are hundreds of volunteer roles available, everything from drivers and befrienders to gardeners and nature buddies.

For more information you can visit the Open Day at Richmond Adult Community College (RACC) on 5th September between 11am-2pm where we will have our Community Connections Richmond Volunteer Information Point. Alternatively you can learn more by going to our website at any time or by calling us to book an appointment with an advisor. Information on volunteering is always available in the reception at RACC.”

To find out more about how to volunteer, visit the Richmond CVS website or call the Community Connections Richmond Volunteering Service on 020 8843 7940.

Community Connections Richmond is a partnership between Richmond CVS and RACC. RACC is based at Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE.

Colin Cooper, Chief Executive of South West London Environment Network says:

“We are lucky to enjoy a wonderful environment in Richmond upon Thames. Volunteers play an active role in improving and educating others about our parks, gardens and riverside, feeding in community aspirations for improvements.

Volunteers also help community buildings with energy efficiency, fixing broken IT equipment as well as researching and seeking solutions, together with agencies and the Council.

Our website and social media accounts highlight these volunteer opportunities from over environmental 90 groups helping to make a difference to our community.”

Visit the SWLEN website or Facebook page for more information. 

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182.

Reference: P409/17

Updated: 2 October 2017