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Volunteers’ Week 2022

Volunteers’ Week which runs from 1-7 June is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

The week is a chance to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers within local communities and say thank you – and ties in with the #MonthofCommunity in June.

This is the second year Bristol City Council has teamed up with Voscur to celebrate helpful citizens in a city-wide campaign.

Thank you Video –  there will be a film produced by Voscur showcasing some of the wonderful Bristol projects and people. 

A Jubilee event will take place on 5 June on College Green where there will be a Volunteer Area hosting a range of fun activities.

Virtual Wall of Thanks on CanDoBristol – this is live until 24 June. Organisations, groups and individuals can send “thank you messages” for an active citizen or group, a volunteer, a friend, or neighbour.  

Bristol residents are also being asked to promote the Wall of Thanks through their networks. It’s easy and quick to write a thanks  – just follow this link here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WallofThanks/

Once you have completed the link your entry will be displayed here – The Wall of Thanks 2022 – Can Do Bristol

Hearts & Stars Awards Ceremony
Hearts & Stars award ceremony in 2017

In Knowle West the Hearts & Stars awards ceremony – which celebrates the outstanding work of volunteers in the area – will be back after four years at Filwood Community Centre The glitzy event, which is based on the Oscars, will take place on 22 July from 7pm until late.

Nominations can be made for the following categories:

  • Young Person   
  • Outstanding Contribution  
  • People’s Choice 
  • Newcomer  
  • Lifetime Achievement  
  • Best Group   
  • Older Person  
  • Good Neighbour  

You can nominate a volunteer by visiting June McNeill at Filwood Community Centre from 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, calling 0117 914 9216 or emailing june.mcneill@filwoodcentre.org.uk 

Knowle West’s longest-serving volunteer turns 90
Ken Jones outside Filwood Community Centre where he is a trustee. Picture Charlie Watts.

Knowle West’s longest-serving volunteer has just celebrated his 90th birthday – and shows no signs of slowing down.

Long-term Resident Ken Jones first began volunteering in 1950 at his local church at Inns Court when just 18 – and has been giving his time to the community ever since.

He is currently a trustee for Community in Partnership Knowle West (CIPKW) which runs Filwood Community Centre – and older than the building itself.

He is also on the board of Knowle West Health Association and a walk leader at Knowle West Health Park, where he has been a trustee for 17 years. He has also recently become part of the Alliance working group.

Ken’s other numerous past commitments include being part of The Knowledge Newsletter steering group from the start in the early 2000s – providing valuable input as he knew everything going on in the area as well as having a good grasp of local history.

He has received a number of accolades for his volunteering – from local Hearts and Stars awards to a Celebrating Age Older Achievers’ Award for the walking group – and was presented with the Lord Mayor’s Medal in 2012.

But does he believe volunteering is the key to a long and happy life?

Ken says: “You’re as young as you think you are. It’s mixing with people and also helping people. I don’t stop and think about it but everybody needs some sort of help. It’s being there for people…”