Now recruiting volunteers

Pat Beatson, a volunteer at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.
Pat Beatson, a volunteer at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

Residents in the Bridlington and district area are being asked to become more involved with volunteering.

The call comes as part of Volunteers’ Week – a campaign that highlights the great work of volunteers and tries to recruit more for the benefit of the community.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and takes place from Thursday 1 June to Wednesday 7 June every year.

There are many different charities based in Bridlington, from the Kingfisher Cafe and the Hinge Centre, to the good number of national charities running shops in the town centre and the RNLI Bridlington Lifeboat Station.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council also utilises volunteers to help with the smooth running of a number of attractions across the region.

One of the attractions, Sewerby Hall, is looking for volunteers to help with three aspects of its visitor programme for this summer.

Costume project volunteers are needed to help run sewing and costume-making sessions, learning and interpretation volunteers are needed for interpretation days, while engagement volunteers are needed for a new activity for this year The Sewerby Social – a new games afternoon.

Pat Beatson, one of the volunteers at the hall, said: “I used to come up to Sewerby Hall quite a lot to walk round and I used to look at the house and think I would have loved to work there.

“It is absolutely wonderful – the people who come round the hall are really nice and you could not get a better setting to work in.”

Potential volunteers can apply at the East Riding Museum www.museums.eastriding.gov.uk website.

Kay Harrison, at the Bridlington, Driffield and District Branch of the RSPCA, marked the start of volunteers week by making an appeal for more volunteers.

She said: “The RSPCA is always pleased for people to offer their services as volunteers.

“There is a wide variety of roles and application forms can either be collected from our charity shop or requested through our email address rspca.bridlington@hotmail.co.uk. Come and join us.”

A spokesman for the organisation that is running Volunteers’ Week said: “At NCVO we’re passionate about how through volunteering people can take positive action to make a difference to a cause they care about.

“I think this is a powerful and important message for times when we may not feel empowered or able to change things for the better.”