Volunteers can be an increasingly rare species. They are extremely difficult to track down, being shy with a tendency to scuttle away swiftly from sudden encounters, hence their name.
Volunteers differ greatly in appearance and have their own individual markings, which makes them difficult to spot at first glance, but they display the same pattern of foreplay when encountering a Working Group for the first time:
Dilation of pupils, twitching round the muzzle and a swift turn of the body to expose the rump as it rapidly disappears.
Not much is known about their breeding habits and family groups are rarely sighted. It therefore requires much skill to capture a Volunteer long enough to observe their valuable contribution to society.
The impact of those giving of their time to important local causes is immeasurable.
- Volunteers have the most amazing superpower of all. When they touch one person, they touch them all.
- Some people place value on power and things. Our greatest asset is volunteers.
- To gauge their impact, we'd need to create a new source of measurement.
- As a plant spreads its seeds across the land, so do you too spread compassion far beyond where you're planted.
- Like an earthquake, our mission emanates aftershocks thanks to your voluntary efforts.
- In life, there are no certain bets, except that people like you will rise to the occasion and make the world a better place.
- If we had a penny for every time volunteers helped someone, we'd never need to fundraise again.
- Without volunteers, we'd have a world full of services with no one to provide them.
Looking after our Volunteers
- Give regular feeds of tea and buns during working hours.
- Always take your volunteer with you when going to the pub.
- Include them on group outings as they may be lonely out of their natural habitat.
- Volunteers should always be treated kindly to prevent them joining rival groups.
- Remember that ALL Volunteers are protected by Conservation and Protection Orders.
- Volunteering with Britain in Bloom Groups has helped to unite communities, improve the local environment, not just with floral displays, but with litter picking, beach cleans, reduction in plastic waste, creation of Neighbourhood Groups along with encouraging children, schools and local traders to get involved.
- Towns and Villages with Bloom groups attract new residents and more visitors.