Our charity works with support from a variety of people – from the Doctors who give their valuable time to be on-call for emergencies, to members of the public who fundraise, donate and give their time up for us too. Volunteers are key to us in a variety of ways. Our team of volunteer doctors currently stands at ten, but we are always interested to recruit more Cumbrian based GPs wishing to give their time. We provide the equipment and ongoing training to all of our doctors.
Our aim is to attend more local events in order to educate the public about our life saving work but without the people to share our information, we are unable to do this. Saturdays are generally the days when community events take place and we’d love to take our BEEP Fund Ltd stand across the county to inform, educate and recruit more members of the public.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your local community or a cause that has helped you or loved ones and therefore resonates more.
We have over 21 million people in the UK who formally volunteer at least once a year. The biggest percentage of volunteers currently is amongst 65-74 year olds, who may have more free time outside of employment, enjoy the sense of community and want to do good for others. An impressive 42% of the 65-74 year old age group volunteer once a year with those volunteering once a month standing at 29%.
Employment is the biggest obstacle to more people volunteering – which is understandable – but any time that can be given to charities is greatly appreciated. It can be as little as a couple of hours, it still helps charities enormously.
Statistics show that a higher percentage of volunteers live in rural areas of the UK compared to urban areas. Students are more likely to volunteer than individuals in paid work and it is commendable that young people take the time to help others.
So, if you are interested in volunteering and can offer your time (however much you have free), get in contact to find out more and become a valuable member of the team.
Source: The National Council for Voluntary Organisations, 2018