Charities and community clubs have joined forces to appeal for more help to keep their groups going.
For the first time they have teamed up as part of National Volunteers’ Week to encourage more people to join their fundraising efforts.
The annual event celebrates the contribution made by millions of helpers across the UK each year.
More than 20 groups, including Wakefield Hospice and the Samaritans, will be in Wakefield Town Hall, on Wood Street, tomorrow (Friday) from 11am until 3pm.
There will be displays and information on the different roles available, from working a few hours in a charity shop to running clubs that inspire future generations.
The Aberford Road hospice has to raise £3.2million a year. Volunteer services manager Elaine King said: “Wakefield Hospice could not manage without the help of the team of over 450 volunteers who support us all year round.
“Their selfless dedication enables us to continue to provide valuable patient care for the people of Wakefield.”
As part of National Volunteers’ Week, Wakefield College has launched a programme for young people, aged from 16 to 15.
The vInspired talent initiative is a full time volunteer scheme to help them get placements which may lead to employment.
The Age UK charity shop on High Street, Horbury, has gone from strength to strength, with its top volunteer Margaret Selvey now being taken on as store manager.
She is now calling out for more people to join her team.
Last week two members of the Wakefield branch of the RNLI were presented with gold badges by the Duke of Kent for their “invaluable fundraising”.
Anne Garside, of Ossett, and Colin Senior, of Thornes, have helped raise thousands of pounds and give water and sea safety advice at schools.
And the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, which cares for terminally ill youngsters and their families from Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale is using the week to search for people to set up a fundraising group in the city.
See tomorrow’s Express for a feature on a dedicated Normanton grandma from Home-Start Wakefield and District who received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.