This Volunteers’ Week, which runs from the 3rd to the 9th of June, community and environment charity Groundwork East wants to thank everyone that gives their time to support the charity and is calling for more people to get outdoors and active to care for green spaces in and around Luton.

To mark Volunteers’ Week Groundwork East is hosting a thank you get together for volunteers who help care for the community garden at Memorial Park. The community garden is a hub of activity where volunteers help maintain the site while building their own horticulture and food growing skills. The get together is open to all and the Groundwork team will provide refreshments and be on hand to talk about opportunities to get involved as a volunteer at the garden as well as family activities taking place over the summer months.

Tuesday 04 June 2024

Memorial Park community garden celebration event and volunteer taster day – open to all.

Contact Kealey Henderson for more info

In addition to celebrating volunteering at Memorial Park, Groundwork is also offering taster sessions to local businesses who fancy getting stuck in to some conservation volunteering along the River Lea. Supported by Affinity Water, the business volunteering sessions are free and will be an opportunity for colleagues to spend a few hours outdoors clearing the riverbank of invasive, non-native species (INNS). Any type of business can get involved, it’s a wonderful way to swap screens and meetings for wellies and fresh air!

Two people in waders smiling as they check for water quality in the River Lea

Wednesday 05 June 2024, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

Butely Road river restoration corporate volunteering taster session (supported by Affinity Water).

Contact Adam Asquith for more info and booking

Our volunteers are the core of what we do in Luton. Our community garden is a brilliant space where volunteers make a real impact and are giving what otherwise would be an unused space a new lease of life. We are excited to work with corporate volunteers to extend our impact in Luton, and support businesses with improving the wellbeing of their employees and contribute positively to their local community

Laura Ferrier, Project Officer, Groundwork East

We’re thrilled to support Groundwork East in their outstanding INNS Management efforts in Luton through our INNS Out Scheme. We understand the value of volunteering, which is why our ‘Affinity Day’ policy encourages each employee to take up to four volunteer days annually. Events like this give our colleagues a chance to step away from their daily roles, give back to our communities, and help protect the environment by removing invasive species

Alexandra Sage, Affinity Water

Volunteering Matters

An estimated 14 million people are involved in volunteering in the UK. However, since the pandemic the number of people able to give their time to support a cause they care about has declined sharply and charities have seen people’s circumstances change, leaving less time for volunteering. Despite this, the benefits of volunteering and particularly spending time outdoors in the natural world are numerous, including opportunities to meet new people and improve physical and mental health.