The Annual Community Days will return for the fifth consecutive year, between Monday June 3 and Friday June 14. Bath & North East Somerset Council has organised 22 activities in partnership with the Volunteer Centre, Curo and The Student Community Partnership, which includes the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.
The series of activities, which coincides with National Volunteering Week, encourages staff from the Council, local businesses and organisations, and students, to work together. The activities allow them to find out more about the community and talk to local residents about their area and the work they do.
There are 22 activities in total, which include:
- Creating a dry stone wall at Haydon Community Garden
- Reading to older people at Cedar Care Homes in Bath
- Painting children’s play areas
- Working with residents to create a community allotment at Clandown Allotments
- Helping to develop a programme of volunteering activity for AGE UK
- Supporting disabled riders during their weekly session at Wellow Trekking Centre
Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Since the Annual Community Days began five years ago, they have continued to develop and it’s great to see the huge range of activities on offer this year. The scheme is something that Council Staff really enjoy being a part of and I’m pleased to see that so many people have signed up already.”
Vanessa Collier, Curo Community Engagement Manager, said: “Curo is delighted to again be involved in the B&NES Community Challenges. We hope that these taster days enthuse and inspire Curo colleagues so that they consider volunteering on a more regular basis for local voluntary and community projects outside of this particular scheme.”
Mike Plows, from the Volunteer Centre Bath & North East Somerset, said: ‘Through our InVOLve initiative, more businesses than ever in the area are discovering that being a model corporate citizen is not only good for the community but is excellent for the bottom line and can be really fun at the same time as providing solid develop opportunities for your team.’
Hanna Wade, VP Community and Diversity, University of Bath said: "The University of Bath Students' Union is excited to have over 15 staff members volunteering with activities at the Community Days and we see this as a fantastic opportunity to have a positive impact on the local community"
A thank you reception will take place at the Guildhall on Tuesday 18 June for all those that took part and to thank the host organisation for making the days happen. During the event, the Chairman will also launch the Chairman’s Awards for volunteering.