Council and Cheltenham Partnership celebrate volunteers week

Published on 31st May 2017

Hands together in a group

Cheltenham Partnership will be celebrating volunteering during national volunteers week from 1 to 7 June by hosting a celebration of Cheltenham’s volunteers on Thursday 1 June at the Municipal Offices

Charities and community organisations have been invited to nominate two volunteers to attend the special thank you event. 

The aims of volunteers week are to celebrate the contribution that volunteers make, as well as promoting the benefits of volunteering both to the individual and to the organisation they are supporting and raising awareness of ways to find out about opportunities in Cheltenham.

Helen Down, council’s participation and engagement team leader said: “The contribution volunteers make through their unpaid time and energy to serve others is of huge value and makes a real difference to individuals, the community and society in general. They also increase the capacity of the organisation and bring different expertise to it.

“As well as making a difference, volunteering can also bring great benefits to the individual as a way of gaining new skills, experience, confidence and an opportunity to make new friends”.

A number of organisations are also arranging events to celebrate volunteers and promote volunteering opportunities throughout the first week of June.  Those actively involved include: Cheltenham Trust, Cotswold RDA, the Holst Birthplace Museum, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council and The Rock.   

To find out about volunteering opportunities in Cheltenham, visit

The celebration of volunteers on 1 June is being organised by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, County Community Projects, Volunteering Gloucestershire, Involve Gloucestershire and Cheltenham Borough Council.

For media enquiries, contact Jemima Lawson, communications officer, telephone 01242 775 050, email