Shoppers were encouraged to become active citizens on Saturday 29th January at two special information stalls organised by the Volunteer Centres in Bradford and Keighley.
Volunteers and active citizens from across Bradford district handed out information and talked to Kirkgate and Airedale shoppers about the benefits of getting involved in helping out in their local communities.
Shoppers found out about the 8000 volunteer roles available in a variety of community organisations and sports clubs from across the Bradford district. Roles include all sorts of activities from building a wooden bicycle to writing oral history about the Bradford Bulls Rugby Football Club. Wherever you live or whatever time you have to spare there is an opportunity to suit everyone.
The active citizens and volunteers stalls were on the upper floor at Bradford’s Kirkgate Centre from 10am to 3pm and in the in the Greggs Café in Airedale Shopping Centre from 10am to 12pm.
The stalls were held as part of Active Citizens 2011, a major campaign celebrating the efforts of local people who work to improve things without being paid.
Launched at Bradford’s City Hall on Thursday, Active Citizens 2011 has been organised on behalf of the Bradford District Partnership by Bradford Council, NHS Bradford and Airedale and local voluntary organisations to highlight individuals and organisations who give up their spare time to make valuable contributions to the quality of life in the district.
Active Citizens 2011 runs alongside the European Year of Volunteering 2011 which seeks to encourage more people to volunteer.
The Bradford campaign features volunteers but also includes the thousands of community-minded residents who look out for vulnerable people and those who campaign to improve things or raise money for causes.
Active Citizens 2011 also covers residents who participate in democracy or governance and people who take part in decision making or give up their time for clubs or societies.
Coun Imran Hussain, executive member for community safety and deputy leader of Bradford Council said “Active citizens have played an important role in the life of the district for decades.
“Most people understand the benefits recipients get from volunteers but we also want to get the message across that volunteering can give you a great sense of purpose and satisfaction.”
Dave Forrest from the Bradford Volunteer Centre said, “Getting involved in making a difference can be a brilliant experience. New volunteers are often surprised at the sense of wellbeing and usefulness they get from doing unpaid work.
“Volunteering is also a fantastic way to get to know people and make new friends.
31st January 2011