Hip, hip hooray for the volunteers during Volunteer Week at Leeds Crossgates Good Neighbours Scheme


Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June, celebrating the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. Jane Robinson from Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme CIO tells us more about the valuable work their volunteers offer the Scheme and what volunteering means to those volunteering and those helped by volunteers.

Cross Gates GNS lunch club in full swing

Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme CIO, a Neighbourhood Network Scheme in Leeds, works with and for older people to:

  • Reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Support independence
  • Promote healthy lifestyles
  • Try new things

Our volunteer team give a generous level of commitment and hands-on service to the Scheme, without which many of our activities could not run. We have 995 members and are fortunate enough to have over 90 people who regularly volunteer with us at the Scheme. Volunteer roles include:

  • Driving
  • Befriending
  • Dementia support
  • Group support workers

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering has lots of benefits for individuals, communities and organisations. People who volunteer gain confidence, learn new skills and develop a real sense of belonging to their communities whilst helping to improve the quality of life for local people. We offer regular training and volunteer ‘socials’ to all the people who help us provide our events and activities every day.

Our volunteers

Sylvia Bartlet, one of our Lunch Club volunteers said: “I heard about this place through a friend at bowling and now work with her at the Lunch Club. I recommend volunteering as it is a good feeling giving something back to the community – who knows when I might need it myself!”

Volunteer John Fardell

John Fardell, another volunteer said: “I started volunteering for an outlet and a bit of involvement; I’m not sure what I expected. I enjoy the hustle and bustle when I come here and think it’s amazing how much goes on.”

Get in touch

If you’d like to know more about the work we do please visit our website at www.crossgatesgns.org.uk; take a look at our Facebook page; follow us on Twitter or give us a call on 0113 260 6565.

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1 Response to Hip, hip hooray for the volunteers during Volunteer Week at Leeds Crossgates Good Neighbours Scheme

  1. Trudie Canavan says:

    Where would we be without this army of volunteers? Marvellous.

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