Volunteers’ Week is an annual event held in the first week of June. The event both showcases the diverse range of volunteering opportunities available, as well as thanks all of the hard work put in by millions of volunteers throughout the country.
Volunteers' Week consists of recruitment events, challenges, awards ceremonies and volunteering campaigns, with events taking place up and down the country.
Everyone is invited to join this national celebration of volunteers and volunteering, take a look at the Volunteers' Week Web Site
Take a look at how our volunteers have benefitted from volunteering with Roots
How our volunteers have been getting involved:
"I have been volunteering for 2 years; I first started volunteering at The Fold and then joined Roots. Through volunteering with Roots I got involved with onside advocacy where I received training as a mentor, I also have volunteered with age UK home from hospital service, where I assisted elderly people in their homes after returning from hospital and helped with the fundraising team at events. In a different role I joined the team at the YMCA and worked on their allotment. I have gained a lot of skills and experience since volunteering which will help me in the future in looking for jobs. In the future I would maybe like to get involved in volunteering with animals or something in sculpture making."
"I have been volunteering with roots for almost 8 months now and have taken part in lots of enjoyable activities such as helping out at the nature trail by the fold in bransford, helping with the educational workshops by aiding the sessions at Regency high school and many other occasions which allow me to help the community in fun and unique ways. In the future I am looking forward to helping out at regency high school again and with next years wattfest in March."
World Hunger Day is an annual event started by The Hunger Project UK. They celebrate sustainable solutions to ending hunger and poverty around the world. The event highlights the positive actions taken by people who live on no more than £1 per day. This year’s event will be on Thursday 28th May. To support world hunger day see if you can live of one pound or less for the day.
British Tomato Week (18th-24th May) is an annual event curated by the British Tomato Growers’ Association to encourage and promote the tomatoes we produce in Britain.
Here at Worcester Roots Foundation we’re celebrating the British Tomato Week with a top 5 fun facts about tomatoes.
International Day for Biological Diversity is an annual awareness-raising event, to increase understanding and knowledge of biodiversity issues.
Biodiversity day has centred around many themes since it began, this year's theme is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development, something which we at Roots are certainly in support of!
What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity looks at the different varieties of life in an area. Studied at a higher level this could mean looking at every species on the earth, or on a smaller scale could mean looking at the different species living within a smaller ecosystem such as a park, pond or rainforest!
Why is Biodiversity Important?
- Diverse pollinators are essential for helping plants reproduce. We need to look at diverse plants and soils so there is plenty to be produced for the markets
- Research into plant and animal biology have led to medical discoveries and cures for diseases.
- Biodiversity is part of an important service to the earth that keeps water clean, absorbs chemicals in the environment and produces oxygen for us to breathe!
- Researching biodiversity enables us to understand how ecosystems adapt and adjust to disturbances such as floods, extreme fires and extinction of a species. This is important because if one type of species were to become extinct, it may mean a loss of food/nutrients for another species!
For Biodiversity Day, our volunteers undertook surveys to understand about the different species living on our Nature Trail. Take a look at what our volunteers got up to on our Nature Trail News - Biodiversity Day
Today Roots is 5 years old! We asked our volunteers:
"How has Roots benefitted you?"
Three cheers for Roots, and here's to another 5 years of fantastic work!
World Migratory Bird Day is an annual awareness-raising campaign which aims to inspire the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats around the world. It is held on the second Saturday in May, with slight variations due to migration times of different species.
Through education and awareness-raising work, the campaign aims to engage the general public in caring for birds and helping to maintain healthy bird populations, as well as protect the habitats used by migratory birds. This includes habitats used for breeding, non-breeding and for "stop overs" during migration.
This year's focus: Energy - Make it Bird Friendly!
Habitat loss and degradation are just some of the effects arising from hydropower, bio-energy, ocean, solar, wind and geothermal technologies. Whilst these renewable energy technologies have positive aspects such as reducing climate change and being more sustainable, they can severely impact wildlife habitats when not properly planned. Proper design and risk assessment are essential to ensuring they do not pose a threat to migratory bird species
Visit http://www.birdday.org/ and http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/en
9th May is World Fairtrade Day, an annual awareness-raising event held in celebration of Fairtrade on the second Saturday of May. World Fairtrade Day is held by the World Fairtrade Organisation (WFTO).