The Bureau, Glossop's community wellbeing charity, is holding a volunteer open day on Saturday (8 January) at their offices on Henry Street.
The event is an opportunity to make good those New Year resolutions and give something back in 2022.
Founded as Glossop Volunteer Bureau in 1979 to establish much-needed services for local people across Glossopdale, The Bureau has grown and expanded over the years to cover a wide range of new projects, sessions and services including the Volunteer Car Scheme, Community Navigation, Building Better Opportunities Towards Work, Call Companions, Befriending, Time Out sessions, and many more!
With the help and commitment of its army of volunteers, and a range of partner organisations, the charity has supported more than 265 new people last year who are struggling with issues such as loneliness and isolation, physical and mental health conditions, disabilities, and barriers to employment.
Su, one of The Bureau’s befriending volunteers, joined in 2021.
She commented: “We moved to Glossop in 2018 and volunteering has given me the opportunity to get more involved with the local community. I wanted to give something back by lending my ears and time to someone who wanted a little more support.
“I have gained a friend and always look forward to our weekly catch-ups. I hadn’t anticipated the benefit I would gain, but it has boosted my mood and it’s an hour of ‘me-time’.
“The Bureau is an asset to our community and I feel very proud to be part of it.”
The number of volunteers has grown to over 230, with over 12,000 hours of volunteering time generously gifted over the past year (totalling an equivalent of £107,000 at the rate of the national living wage).
Call in on Saturday between 10am and 2pm to find out more about the many volunteering opportunities available to you.