From improvement of skills to the positive feeling gained when giving back to the community, there are clearly a range of more abstract motivations which appeal to the volunteer.
Birmingham’s John Taylor Hospice has opened its first charity shop in its hundred year history – right in the heart of Erdington.
Birmingham Community Hosting have received some glowing testimonies to the power of good this befriending scheme has brought not just our young people - but also to the adults that befriend them.
The Social Action Campaign is part of the UpRising Birmingham leadership programme for 18-25 year olds.
The Ageing Better Awards recognised the everyday people who were the "driving force" behind a "life-changing" scheme helping almost 5,000 Brummies aged 50+.
Everyone worked tirelessly throughout the day. There was a mixture of planting hanging baskets, clay pots, troughs and a bedding area with lots of colourful plants - as well as clearing overgrown greenery.
Due to open on Friday 11 May, the shop will feature high quality goods at low prices and will include clothing, accessories, books, DVDS, CDs and household items. And the hospice is hoping local people will rally to its call to volunteer as retail assistants.
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