This week is National Volunteers Week, an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. It sees the launch of two campaigns in Rushmoor.
ORCA Stronger Together social media campaign
Operation Rushmoor Community Action (ORCA) was created to support our many volunteers that responded to the Covid 19 call to action. We want to acknowledge and celebrate those spontaneous Covid 19 Responders as well as the stalwart volunteers that are active all year round. We have a small team of Social Media Responders, who are sharing our stories over the next six weeks, to create the Stronger Together campaign. Keep an eye out – that may mean you!
We have also teamed up with Rushmoor Borough Council to launch Love your Local Heroes campaign to celebrate the vital work of charitable groups, to encourage people to show their appreciation for the work of local charities across Aldershot and Farnborough. You provide essential support and help shape society for the better. In these unprecedented times, when people are applauding the NHS and other essential workers for their efforts, the campaign aims to highlight the many local charitable organisations which are fighting for survival, at a time when they may soon be needed the most.
With fund-raising events cancelled and meetings suspended, many small, local groups, some of which support young people such as Brownies and Scouts, and some supporting elderly and disabled people, are struggling to survive, or to retain the experienced volunteers they need to ensure the service remains available, after the lockdown has been lifted.
Finally THANK YOU. We recognise the value of your contribution to community life in Rushmoor and Hart. Your social activism reminds us every day we are Stronger Together.