Volunteers Week 2021

To mark National Volunteers week, we are going to plant a tree at Wharton Park, Durham, as a celebration for all the work our fantastic volunteers do.
Our volunteer coordinator recieving tree to plant

This year to celebrate National Volunteers week, which takes place from 1st- 7th June, we asked our volunteers if they thought that planting a fruit tree would be a beneficial and supported thing to do.

After this was confirmed, we approached Durham County Council to locate a suitable site and through working with one of the park rangers, William Peacock, we have organised the planting of a tree in the public Orchard in Wharton Park, on Thursday 3rd June at 1.30pm.

This will benefit the environment, as well as the public as they can enjoy the fruit that the tree grows in future years and it is a special way to celebrate the incredible work our volunteers do, here in County Durham.

Our Volunteer Supporter Claire Sisterson approached local garden nursery, Congburn Nurseries, who have very kindly donated a fruit tree and compost to plant on the day (pictured above).

The planting of the tree is something that can remind us of the fabulous volunteers we have at Healthwatch County Durham, now and in the future
— Claire, Volunteer Support

We have also created a video as part of our Volunteers Week celebration and recognition, to acknowledge the work that our volunteers do throughout the year. This short piece is introduced by the Chair of our Board, Chris Shore, and our Volunteer Support, Claire Sisterson, and also features the staff team and some of the volunteers themselves. 



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