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Volunteers Making Their Mark

1 June 2017

Thousands of volunteers are playing their part in revitalising Bishop Auckland – and there is still time for more to get involved.

Figures released to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2017 (June 1 to June 7), show that 1,700 people are already making their mark by volunteering regularly with Eleven Arches and Auckland Castle Trust.

Both charities are working hard to transform the town into a world-class visitor destination, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and creating countless opportunities for employment, training and skills development.

In the past 12 months alone, volunteers have given almost 220,000 hours to help bring this vision to life, turning their hands to everything from gardening and sewing to unearthing hidden treasures.

Ruth Storey, who has been volunteering for both charities for more than a year, said: “Volunteering has given me the chance to work alongside some really interesting, talented and diverse people.

“I have made many friends, regained my confidence and put my existing skills to good use, while also learning new ones. Anyone can volunteer, whether it’s alone or with their family, and I would thoroughly recommend it.”

More information about volunteering with Eleven Arches is available here and for Auckland Castle Trust please click here or email michele.armstrong@aucklandcastle.org

 

 

 

 

 

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