VOLUNTEERS MAKING THEIR MARK Thursday, 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.”
For more information about volunteering email [email protected]
CASTLE, GALLERIES, MUSEUMS: A LOT TO EXPLORE...
Enjoy a bird's eye view across the town, buy tickets and get all the information you need to enjoy your visit
Once the private home of the Prince Bishops of Durham, the castle was built as a symbol of power and authority
Explore the stunning 17th-century Walled Garden, where we harvest delicious fresh produce for our cafes and restaurants.
The Spanish Gallery is the UK’s first gallery dedicated to the art, history and culture of Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries.
The first museum in England to explore the history of faith in Britain and Ireland, from prehistory to the present day