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National Volunteer Week - Recognising The Invaluable Contributions Of Volunteers

Volunteers Week takes place between 1st and 7th June every year. It's a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.

It’s a time to say thanks. This is a time for us to come together and thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution.

As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers' wellbeing too. It can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.

We at Cashtrak are strong supporters of volunteering, we find encouraging our employees to volunteer boosts morale and provides a better workplace atmosphere whether this is during work or personal time, we are happy to be flexible to allow our staff to volunteer.

Our team were due to volunteer on numerous events for The Blue Cross (our charity of the year) but unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed that but we fundraise where we can.

Cashtrak Volunteering In Depth

Jo

Jo and her husband Luis have volunteered for the Scouts some time, they are local Scout leaders where they prepare young people with skills for life and deliver inspiring programmes including some brilliant trips! Giving their time to provide such a valuable service for the community is very much appreciated by all.

Jo also helps elderly neighbours with shopping and medication collections.

Keith

Keith volunteers for two organisations:

The Stokenchurch library which is a community library completely run by volunteers.  He is a librarian, sitting behind the desk taking the returned books and issuing new ones as well as helping with queries. Keith enjoys giving back to the local community as well as meeting new people.

Keith also volunteers with the NMRA (National Model Railroad Association,) he was a director but has stood down and is now an officer. He is also the AP Chair, which stands for Achievement Programme. This is the Queens Scout type of award for members and is a recognised qualification. Once you have done certain tasks and pass your tests you are awarded MMR - Master Model Railroader. His role is to take all applications from members and ensure they are validated, then tested by a qualified panel, then liaise with head office in US to get the awards ratified and issued. He then presents the awards to members of the British Region. He is also trying to get his award at the same time as running the system, so he has to pass to his deputies for that work of course.

At the annual convention, and at some of the meetings over the year Keith also holds what are referred to as clinics which are sessions to teach how to get high marks in the modules, guidance on completion of paperwork and have drop in sessions for Q&As. These conventions are 100% pay for even if you have an officers job so he is working when could be having fun playing with trains, attending other clients, and generally networking.

If you would like to read more on the NMRA, click here.

Carol

Carol was secretary of the NMRA (National Model Railroad Association) back in early 2000’s but had to stand down when she set up Cashtrak due to the workload of setting up and running her own business. Carol still volunteers, carrying out various tasks for the organisation.

Carol also ensures Cashtrak budget for taking on charities and not for profit organisations at a discounted rate.

Stacey

Stacey volunteered with the local Beaver Scout group, volunteers at the local school supporting their ICT and reading lessons and can often be found litter picking around her community.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like more information, click here.

If you are part of a charity or not for profit organisation and would like to find out more about our discounted fees, contact us here, e mail info@cashtrak.co.uk or call 01865 522785.



 

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