6 benefits of volunteering: Volunteers Week

NCVO Vol week Logo 2019 colour small.jpg

It’s Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) which celebrates all of the good work people make up and down the country to support causes and charities.  

Wickford is full of wonderful volunteers that help across various events and causes, from the Wickford Wombles and Rotary Club to sports teams, children’s clubs and charity initiatives.

Wickford’s Christmas activities are also run by volunteers. The Christmas high street lights display only gets put up and stored away each year because of a group of 12 individuals who give up their spare time all year to get funding and procedures in place.

They also organise the Wickford at Christmas Street Fair, which requires another group of Wickford residents to help on the day itself. Their tasks include setting up barriers; setting up stall holders in the high street; manning the activities; collecting money in the buckets and more. 

We’re always on the look out for more help.

Need some convincing? Here are some of the benefits of volunteering with us, although many apply to other volunteer roles too

It’s fun! The Christmas Street Fair kicks off the festive spirit in Wickford and it’s great to be a part of the team that pulls it off 

You meet new people. Not only are there other volunteers helping out who you’ll meet but you’ll be interacting with other Wickford residents  

You’re part of a community effort. It feels good to be part of something positive for our town  

Make a difference. Whatever task you do, you are helping put on a fantastic event and experience for the people of Wickford and any money raised helps us on our way to do the same next year  

Learn new skills and gain confidence. It might seem a little daunting but we’ll give you the training and enthusiasm needed to get out there and do the best you can 

It looks good on your CV. Adding a volunteering role makes you stand out and gives you extra experience to talk about 

Interested in volunteering with us?

Click here to join the Wickford at Christmas Volunteers Team Facebook page to find out more or email wickfordatchristmas@gmail.com.  

Volunteer.JPG

Your favourite Christmas window display

The votes are in!

Every year Wickford at Christmas encourages businesses in the high street to put a festive window display together.

We asked you, the Wickford residents, to vote for your favourite in our annual poll. Thank you to everyone that voted - here are the winners!

Bronze Award: Headlines

Headlines.jpg


Silver Award: Mem’s Kitchen

Mem's Kitchen.jpg

Gold Award and Winner: Michael Franks Jewellers

Michael Frank.jpg

The weather outside is delightful…

We know many of you are thinking about your summer holidays…

Santa vacation-blog.jpg

But we're excited as there's only six months to Christmas and five months 'til the Wickford at Christmas Street Fair!

Christmas is always somewhere in the minds of the committee members as we work year-round to organise and raise funds for the street fair and lights.

What we’ve been up to

  • Visiting local councils to hear about funding opportunities
  • Meeting with businesses in Wickford and nearby to generate support and donations
  • Securing the permits and facilities to make the event happen
  • Gathering stall and entertainment requests
  • Updating and refreshing the pages on our website including a 2017 photo gallery

Funding update

Thermometer 25 June.JPG

It takes £4,000 to put up the Christmas lights in Wickford every year and around £9,000 to put on the street fair event. We receive some money from the council and groups but the rest comes from donations and sponsorship made by local residents and businesses.

We can buy new lights if even more money is raised!

If you can help in any way, please click here to donate or click here to look at sponsorship options

Keep in touch

The best way to get updates is to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or on Instagram. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

Our About Us page has been updated with FAQs but if you have any other questions don't hesitate to contact us.

Look out for our future blogs about what's on, entertainment and stalls in the run up to Sunday 25th November!

Happy Holidays!