VAST Volunteers’ Week Celebrations

 To celebrate Volunteer’s Week (1st – 7th June 2015) VAST celebrated the vital work of volunteers’ by hosting 2 events in Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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(Left to Right: Volunteers’ being awarded certificates in Stafford, Engagement Administrator Kelly at Newcastle)

We kicked of our Volunteer’s Week celebrations on Wednesday 3rd June. Voluntary organisations and their volunteers were invited to The Hub, Stafford to be awarded with certificates as recognition for their dedication.Volunteers were present from Age UK South Staffordshire, Staffordshire Women’s Aid, Social Hub, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and University Academy Primary Kidsgrove PTFA and VAST.


(Left to Right: Sean Whinray, VAST Volunteer Sabeena and Sajid Hashmi)

Throughout the morning VAST’s Engagement Manager Craig Harris, VAST CEO Sajid Hashmi and  Sean Whinray ,Senior Support Officer for the Office of the Lieutenancy spoke to volunteers, congratulating them on their on their inspirational work.

“It was a fantastic celebration of volunteering. To be able to show our appreciation to all the hard work of volunteers including our own was a great opportunity. It has also been great to listen to everyone’s volunteering stories from our very own Engagement Administrator Kelly who started at VAST volunteering to our CEO Sajid Hashmi who spoke about his volunteering experience in Bosnia. It has truly been an inspirational day.”  – Craig Harris, Engagement Manager


(Left to Right: Sajid Hashmi talking about his volunteering experiences and Sean Whinray talking about The Queens Award for Voluntary Service)

Following the presentations, The Hub opened up to the public as they were welcomed into the marketplace of voluntary organisations offering their volunteering opportunities. Organisations present included Age UK South Staffordshire, Staffordshire Women’s Aid, Northfield and Longfield Centre, SCVYS, Stafford and Rural Homes, Douglas Macmillan Hospice and Care Plus.

Following the success of our celebration event VAST hosted a Volunteer Drop in events in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre. Where members of VAST’s Engagement Team and VAST volunteers engaged with the public demonstrating all the benefits of volunteering. A number of organisations had stands on the day these included Spode Works Visitors Centre, K & S Out of School Club, Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent CAB, British Red Cross, VOICES, Staffordshire Library Service and Staffordshire Housing Group.

Please click here to view all the pictures taken at both events and to view the ‘What Volunteering Means to You’ video that was showcased during the week.

If you are interested in volunteering or your voluntary organisation needs support with searching for volunteers please contact VAST’s Engagement Team on 0300 3038606 or email Alternatively please visit