Your time can make a difference

Published Friday, 1 June 2012

Giving time to help make someone’s life better can be rewarding in so many ways.

It can be a lot of fun, it can be challenging, but what volunteers say so often is giving their precious time pays them back a hundredfold and makes them feel they are doing something very worthwhile.  June 1 - 7 is Volunteer Week and through its website Bromley Council is highlighting a number of ways residents can get involved in the borough by volunteering through the council's strategic partners such as Age UK Bromley and Greenwich, Bromley Mind, Bromley Mencap and Community Links Bromley as well as through council run schemes such Friends of the Park, Street Friends and Snow Friends. There are also volunteering opportunities to help keep Bromley a safe place to live by joining a safer neighbourhood panel or neighbourhood watch as well as information about supporting young people in Bromley through mentoring. 

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Said Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of the Council: 

"We have a proud tradition of volunteering in Bromley and we wanted to use this week to highlight the wide range of opportunities for people who want to give some of their time to lend a helping hand. The possibilities to make someone's life better are varied and can make a real difference not just to the quality of life for an individual but for all the community." 

Mel Rabot volunteered to become a Special Police Constable for Bromley and has been so successful that she has now been promoted to Sergeant. She said:

"I have built on my experience and gained a lot of new skills from volunteering as a police special. These help me in my day-to-day life and I know that I am valued by my local police team and by the people I serve in the community too. "