Interested residents are being encouraged to put their spare time to good use as the council supports national volunteers’ week.

As well as encouraging new volunteers, the council are also saying thank you to current volunteers and recognising how important they are to the local community.

The council offers a variety of opportunities for residents to volunteer, including outdoor volunteering, work at the Palace Theatre, Digital Champions, a BRAVO (Bromsgrove and Redditch Active Volunteering Opportunities) scheme and opportunities via the Redditch Partnership.

One of the council’s BRAVO volunteers, Emily Shotbolt, 17, and her fellow volunteer, Joe Buckley, also 17, were recently recognised for their voluntary work at Redditch Rugby Club by England Rugby.

James Shotbolt the Coach Developer at Redditch Rugby Club said: “Emily and Joe have both completed well over 100 hours of volunteering services to Redditch Rugby Club and the wider community helping the club run new programs and grow in stature. They have both become qualified referees and coaches helping to develop the young rugby players at the club and support a number of community projects.”

Brandon Aston, another of the council’s volunteers has been volunteering on a range of sports development programs for the last 2 years and in particular has become an integral part of the Inclusive Junior Athletics program.

Brandon said: “I have gained a lot of valuable and applicable experience from volunteering/coaching which is vital for my future. I would highly recommend the BRAVO scheme to others as it has helped me build a valuable reputation for the volunteering I have undertaken. If anyone is considering working in the sporting trade then applying through BRAVO will be the start you need for pointing you in that direction, as the opportunities available are never ending.”

You can hear more of Brandon’s story here 

Judith Willis, Head of Community Services for Redditch Borough Council, said: “Volunteers are an integral part of clubs and community groups across the Borough and many sports clubs and groups would not be able to run without their input. Volunteering can be a great way to learn new skills, gain experience, get qualifications, give back to your community, make new friends and evidence even suggests it’s also great for your mental wellbeing. So why not have a look at our opportunities today!”

Whatever your skills or availability there are flexible placements for everyone. The council’s BRAVO scheme in particular, matches your interests, skills and availability to a huge range of volunteering opportunities across local clubs, groups and organisations.

Groups are always on the lookout for motivated volunteers: from helping provide IT support, to assistant sports coaches, to health interventions for older people.

National volunteering week runs from 1st to 7th June and aims to celebrate the work of volunteers across the country.

More information about volunteering can be found here