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Fruits of Volunteering – Celebration Event 6th June 2018 2 - 4pm





The VCS Leaders Network invites you to join them to celebrate volunteers and to engage with the public about volunteering.

This year to celebrate our Volunteers during National Volunteer Week, the VCS Leaders Network has planned a larger and more creative event working in partnership with Rochester Cathedral, who are kindly hosting the event with support from their Volunteers who will be on hand throughout the week; this is a fantastic offer, which makes this year's event even more special, with their newly refurbished Crypt being the main exhibiting area.

The event is a multi-faith occasion which will culminate in a celebratory tea party on Wednesday 6th June 2018 from 2pm till 4pm, and the VCS Leaders Network are looking to invite as many Volunteers, staff and supporters of your organisations to come along and join in the celebrations to give volunteers the recognition that they deserve!

The VCS Leaders Network are organising a week-long celebration event in the theme of "Fruits of Volunteering".

The VCS Leaders Network advise the opportunity is limited and places will be offered on a first come first served basis and ask you act quickly: The deadline for requests for submissions to the exhibition is Wednesday 16th May 2018 - or when spaces have been allocated whichever is the earliest.

If you would like to take part in their National Volunteering Week celebration, please email Patricia Reilly, steering group member for the VCS Leaders Network at

VCS Leaders Network is also inviting organisations to submit a tree!

Measuring no larger than 6 (high) x4 (wide) foot, the trees should be freestanding and could reflect your type of organisation e.g. a gardening club could submit a real tree, an arts & crafts club could submit a paper mâché one – the VCS Leaders Network say you could decorate an artificial Christmas Tree, but they do advise because there is no electricity, any lights need to be battery operated.

On the tree, the Leaders Network would like to see labels in the form of any shapes that reflect your Volunteers or follow the theme, like shapes of fruits, or stars, hearts, even leaves. On the labels or leaves they would like to see stories about volunteering, or examples of volunteering as below:

  • Stories from Volunteers on what volunteering means to them
  • Stories from members on what impact volunteers have on their lives
  • Stories from organisations on what a difference volunteers make to their organisations

Organisations will be able to submit a small pop up banner to stand alongside the tree along with leaflets or brochures from the organisation.

Representatives from your organisation can also go along throughout the week to promote your tree and organisation. The VCS Leaders Network advise there is no need to book for this, just drop in during opening hours; but they do ask if you are planning to do this that you inform Lisa Johnson at the Cathedral by email at, or call 01634 810077; so that a chair can be provided for your representative.

Organisations will also need to book 30 minutes drop off slots for their exhibit for Thursday 31st May 2018, to ensure their tree is set up in the Cathedral in readiness for the start of National Volunteers Week, the following day; as well as organise a time to pick up their exhibits at the end of Volunteers Week on June 8th.

This can be arranged at the time you submit your request to exhibit, or directly with Lisa Johnson before Thursday 17th May 2018; again these slots will be given on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to take part and help make National Volunteer Week 2018 a week to remember - or for further information or enquiries - you can email Patricia Reilly at



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