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  • Debbie Ducille

National Volunteers Week, 3–9 June: stand up and be recognised, all you stars

Did you know an estimated 14.2 m people volunteered through a group, club or organisation in the UK in 2021/2022? (Source: Volunteers’ Week website)


And hundreds of them are Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends! Debbie and the national team reflect:

‘We are hugely thankful for every single person who serves as an Anna Chaplain or Anna Friend/volunteer in the network. This ministry and movement is all about volunteers giving of their time, energy, attention and accompaniment which they so generously share, week in, week out, in their local communities. We simply wouldn’t exist as a national network without them. We want to recognise the wonderful, positive impact that Anna Chaplains and their teams have in older peoples’ lives, right across the UK. They are indeed like stars, bringing light and life to those whom they serve… We conservatively estimate that 750,000 encounters with older people and their families take place each year, through the Anna Chaplaincy network – these numbers represent an enormous gift of time, trust and relationship that is shared through this gentle, compassionate ministry of presence.’

Not only are these relationships with older people mutually enjoyable, hopefully, but volunteering itself should be enjoyable too. The Volunteers’ Week website says: As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.’


Why not consider new ways to volunteer that help you to flourish, as well as benefit others? Perhaps you feel prompted to prayerfully explore Anna Chaplaincy as a ministry. Why not speak with your church leaders about it or drop us an email: annachaplaincy@brf.org.uk for further discussion.


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