Celebrating Volunteers' Week

Volunteers' Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities. 

Posted 01 Jun 2023

Volunteers' Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities. 

It’s Volunteers’ Week from 1 - 7 June and we're taking the opportunity to thank the wonderful individuals who have volunteered their time to help our customers and communities this past year. 

At One Manchester we’re dedicated to supporting our customers to thrive. We want everyone living in our homes to prosper and live a happy and healthy life. We work closely with local organisations offering a range of volunteering opportunities that help support our customers and local communities. This week, were celebrating just a few of our Volunteering highlights:

Tea, Toast and Reminisce 

Earlier this year, we ran a Tea, Toast and Reminisce event for our Independent Living community customers living at Patrick Roddy Court and Thomas Regan Court, staff from NHS Property volunteered their time to support us. It was great to see our customers telling us stories about the past and one customer gave us a singalong which we all enjoyed.

One volunteer said: “We all had a really lovely day and met some wonderful people. It was so nice to hear the customers experiences and see the difference and singing with them made. We would all volunteer again with One Manchester.”

The Bread and Butter Thing 

As part of our work supporting our customers and local communities, we run a weekly low-cost food service in partnership with The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT). The service runs every Tuesday from The Workshop, it supports  70 families every week with low-cost food packages. This service couldn’t run without our team of 10 volunteers who support us run this service every week.

TBBT CEO, Mark Game, explained in 'A Toast for Our Volunteers', “By showing up week in, week out, for 52 weeks of the year, our volunteers are at the very heart of our operation and at the heart of their communities. Their commitment and determination to support the delivery of TBBT’s affordable food service to their friends, neighbours and local communities is unparalleled. Simply put, we couldn’t do it without them.”

Community clean Up and gardening events

In February, we ran a community clean-up day where a team of volunteers got stuck in cleaning up the local area near our community centre, the Aquarius Centre, it was a successful day with the team filling an extra-large skip with rubbish. 

We also had a wonderfully supportive team of volunteers came along to one of our Independent Living communities, Will Griffiths, to clean up the gardens. Our customers were amazed by their hard work throughout the day. The garden beds were mended, there was lots of weeding done and furniture  treated. The garden area was looking transformed  by the end of the day and our lovely volunteers were rewarded with an amazing lunch and a good chat with our customers.

Green planting

During April and May, we received funding for 80 trees to be planted in our Independent Living communities. So far we’ve had60 volunteers support us with planting these trees for customers to enjoy. In total over 200 volunteering hours have been completed which has had a hugely positive impact on our older customers living in these communities. 

Once again, we’d like to say a big thank you to all who have volunteered their time and effort to help us support our customers and local communities. 

Share with us your volunteering highlights on social media, tag us @one_manchester on Instagram, @onemcr on Twitter, or One Manchester on Facebook and LinkedIn. Join the hashtag #VolunteersWeek and post your positive volunteering stories.