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ARCH Volunteer Garden Party

Local charity ARCH North East will be celebrating the difference volunteers make to their work and thanking them for all their time and dedication during this year's Volunteers' Week, which runs from 1-7 June 2019.

Volunteers at ARCH are celebrating along with staff and supporters on Monday June 10th at their volunteer Garden Party to mark the occasion. Barry Coppinger PCC, the newly appointed Chief Constable Richard Lewis and recently elected Middlesbrough Mayor, Andy Preston will be joining the celebrations.

ARCH is a charity which provides free and confidential support to victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse across Teesside. This includes free specialist counselling as well as an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor service.

ARCH with sponsorship from Watson Woodhouse Solicitors run the ARCHAngels volunteer programme, last year winning Teesside University's ‘Outstanding Organisation' award.

An amazing 26 volunteers helped us to deliver our services last year, contributing over 3,000 volunteer hours to ARCH. Our volunteers contribute to a range of tasks including support work, general administration, counselling, fundraising and helping to raise awareness of our services.

CEO, Nicky Harkin said:

‘Volunteers are an invaluable asset to the work we do, making a massive difference for many victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse. We are honored to have with us such distinguished guests to recognise and award some well-earned ARCHAngel certificates to our amazing volunteers'

One ARCHAngel, Corinne, recently found employment with ARCH as a children and young people's play therapist.

"Working for Arch as a volunteer student counsellor enabled me to gain practical experience in supporting victims of sexual violence.I was immediately made to feel welcome and part of not only the counselling team, but the whole organisation. I felt supported and always had someone to approach if I had any concerns and would highly recommend volunteering at ARCH to anyone"

Charities across the UK will also be holding events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering. Last year there were over 600 events across the country, from award ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues.

For many charities the week will be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer. Volunteer fairs and other events will be encouraged people to try volunteering for the first time and help people find out how, through volunteering, they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about.

Volunteering Facts:
·         7 in 10 Volunteers say they have recommended volunteering to a friend or family member.
·         96% say they are very or fairly satisfied with their volunteering.
·         83% agree they feel well supported.
·         Over 75% of volunteers say that volunteering supports their health and wellbeing.