OP-REGEN Volunteers' Week. Written by Scott Briggs, OP- REGEN Project Manager
This month marked ‘Volunteers' Week’ an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering and a time to reflect and focus on the impact they have on our organisations, whilst thanking them for their time and selfless commitment.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Armed Forces community, and I am proud to be able to help support and facilitate this via our core volunteering programme, OP-REGEN.
Over the last 24 months, OP-REGEN has developed into a regional programme, operating in multiple areas across the North West and emerging within the central belt area of Scotland.
OP-REGEN volunteers have supported the most vulnerable people within our communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and made valuable contributions to support the climatic emergency, alongside supported grassroots Armed Forces organisations enabling more veterans to access the support they need.
Earlier this month, OP-REGEN volunteers joined WWTW staff, volunteers and supporters as they climbed four of the UK’s highest peaks to light beacons as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Recently, volunteers have taken a leading role within their communities as regional leaders and are actively working to help maintain, shape, and develop Armed Forces support services within their respective demographics. This has resulted in more referrals being made to specialist services, more veterans and their families receiving the support they need, and volunteers becoming formally recognised for the impact that they are making.
2022 and beyond looks even more exciting with key relationships being developed with strategic partners to enhance our current delivery, enabling us to continue to strive for excellence in everything we do and empowering volunteers to have a genuine and meaningful impact within our communities.
Thank you to all of our volunteers for their selfless commitment and passion, you are an asset to WWTW and the Armed Forces community. We appreciate all of your efforts.