Wraysbury and Horton Voluntary Care braced for tsunami of volunteers.



King Charles has encouraged us all to spend a day volunteering to mark his accession to the thrown, and has suggested May 8th as “The Big Help Out Day”. (see below) – I’m not sure that this has been completely thought through.

As a community we have a very active group of volunteers, enabling our community to deliver services such as Meals on Wheels, a weekly lunch club, coffee mornings and a community helpline (01784 482515) where if we need help, we can request help such as lifts to the surgery, or hospital appointments, shopping, help with household problems like changing a lightbulb, a blocked drain, indeed whatever help is needed it can be requested… However, they can only deliver services where a volunteer can be found able and willing to deliver that service. That said they do satisfy over 90% of requests!

On The Big Help Out Day, however, I’m not sure they are going to have enough requests to satisfy the demands of the volunteers, so rather than finding volunteers to suit the requests, I can imagine them racing around trying to find somebody with a problem, or need, that the hordes of volunteers can help with…!

Obviously I jest. Volunteering is a fantastic way for us all to keep connected with our communities, it helps the mental health of the volunteers, indeed people who volunteer regularly are significantly happier than those who have yet to discover the joy (See here) plus it helps some of those less able in our community to obtain assistance, and improves the local environment for us all.

I daresay being the community we are, a significant project could be launched to mark “The Big Help Out Day”, maybe cleaning up some significant part of the village, or a mass litter-pick, etc, watch this space… (Constructive suggestions below please!)

Please do volunteer, there are always needs and roles, if not in our villages, then certainly outside. Volunteers locally can register with WHVC through their helpline (01784 482515) or via their page here.  I would however suggest we don’t all try and volunteer just on May 8th, but instead take it as a commitment to Volunteer in 2023, and all partake of ‘The Superfood of The Positive Psychology Movement’.



To read more about King Charles request, below is an article from The Guardian:

Spend a day volunteering to mark coronation, urges palace

People are being encouraged to ‘support their local areas’ in a drive to mark the three-day celebration in May

King Charles
King Charles III will be crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Britons will be encouraged to spend a day volunteering in their communities to mark the King’s coronation. The Big Help Out will take place on Monday 8 May and is intended to create a “lasting legacy” of the coronation weekend.

Buckingham Palace said it hoped to convince as many people as possible to “join the work being undertaken to support their local areas” on the day, which has been designated as an extra bank holiday.

Details of the volunteering drive were announced as part of plans to mark the King’s coronation weekend, which include street parties, drone displays and a concert at Windsor Castle featuring “global music icons”. It is part of a concerted effort by Buckingham Palace to portray Charles as a more modern monarch.

“Iconic locations” across the UK will be lit up using projections, lasers and drones as part of a Lighting up the Nation event, and a specially formed choir including refugees, NHS workers and members of LGBTQ+ and signing choirs will perform.

The weekend’s events will begin on the morning of Saturday 6 May when King Charles III is crowned in a service at Westminster Abbey. The King’s wife, Camilla, will also be crowned Queen Consort in the service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Ahead of the coronation, the King and Queen Consort will arrive together in procession from Buckingham Palace. Afterwards they will return to the palace in a coronation procession, joined by other members of the royal family. The day will culminate with an appearance of the royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

The following day, Sunday 7 May, a Coronation Big Lunch will see parties and community lunches held in streets, gardens, parks and public spaces across the country, with people invited to eat together in a “nationwide act of celebration and friendship”.

A coronation concert that night will be broadcast live from Windsor Castle by the BBC, which the palace says will bring together “global music icons” and “contemporary stars”. Details of the artists have yet to be announced but there will also be a “world-class orchestra” playing interpretations of musical favourites, the palace said, as well as spoken word and dance performances.

The concert will be attended by a public audience including volunteers from charities affiliated with the King and Queen Consort. Thousands of pairs of tickets will also be available for members of the public to apply for via a forthcoming BBC ballot.

The palace said the coronation was a time for solemn religious service as well as pageantry and celebration. It is a symbolic formality that does not signify the start of the king’s reign, which began when he assumed the throne immediately after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on 8 September 2022.

At the time of her death, Elizabeth II had been queen for 70 years and 214 days, making her the longest-reigning British monarch. Her coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

The Guardian 22/1/2023

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