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The Higgins Bedford Celebrates their Volunteers - Number of volunteers triple at The Higgins Bedford

 

The Higgins Bedford celebrates their fantastic team of volunteers this June, with numbers of those involved tripling since January.

 

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK organised by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. 2016’s Volunteers’ Week has been extended by an additional five days, enabling more people than ever to take part.

 

This year the team at The Higgins Bedford have a lot to celebrate. In January, 20 volunteers were contributing around 100 hours a month. This has now grown to a team of over 60 volunteers, including several work experience students, contributing 500 hours every month!

 

Mayor Dave Hodgson praised those who had volunteered, commenting:  “I want to offer my thanks to all of those who offer their time, energy and talents to The Higgins Bedford. They represent the strong culture of volunteering which runs right through Bedford Borough and helps to make our communities great places to live.”

 

Volunteers at The Higgins are engaged in a number of different areas at the museum including welcoming visitors, helping out at events, research, promotion, administration, and community engagement. Whether you are working, studying, retired or unemployed there is a role to suit you at The Higgins Bedford. Age is no barrier either; the team’s youngest member is just 13 while the oldest is in their eighties!

 

Councillor Sarah Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder of Leisure and Culture “By giving your time at The Higgins Bedford you are able to support and connect with your local community and all those that visit the museum. As well as this, volunteering can benefit you, dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends; learn new skills; and gain valuable experience.”

 

The Higgins Bedford will be hosting a thank you party for their volunteers during Volunteer Week as well as showcasing the team on their website to illustrate the roles available to anyone interested in joining. In addition, Bedford College’s HE Performing Arts Course Manager Sean Doyle and two of his students are creating a short film to promote the benefits of volunteering at The Higgins Bedford. Sean’s film will be premiered at the Castle Quay Weekender on 18th and 19th June, so come along to find out more about volunteering. Alternatively go online at www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/join_in/volunteer.aspx to find out more.

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