‘2,023 For 2023’ Launched

Following the King’s Coronation, thousands of organisations will be coming together to offer the opportunity to help out in our local communities… so where do we fit in and what can you do?

Communities Together East Anglia (CTEA) is a county-wide Suffolk charity committed to reducing loneliness and social isolation. This is done through a number of different projects including Connecting Communities, community transport service,  our very popular BeAFriend service, Community Connect – running a telephone advice service 365 days a year, our Digital offer – helping individuals to get online and our programme of community-based activities and events – CommuniTea Chinwag & You’re Welcome – a wonderful opportunity to connect and share a cuppa and cake. 

We are committed as a charity to supporting and encouraging people who choose to volunteer their time with us – and this can be for a variety of different reasons – but importantly, we would love people to commit some time on a regular basis to work with us over the course of the next 12 months and help us to reach our target….

2,023 for 2023 is an opportunity to volunteer your time and help us in reaching the grand total of 2,023 hours of volunteering from May 2023 to May 2024… so it will not be just one day of celebrations but 365, and of course every hour counts!

We will have an accumulator of hours ‘thermometer’ and there will be rewards for those who manage the most hours to include those outside of CTEA – so wherever you volunteer, we’d like to know about it!

Jo Reeder, CEO of Communities Together East Anglia said “We are delighted that the King has recognised the value of volunteers and volunteering as part of his Coronation celebrations, particular at a time when many charities are finding their services and support needed more than ever.  We know first hand of the difference that volunteering makes, not only to the person receiving that support, but also to the volunteer themselves – feeling good about helping others is great for our own health and wellbeing and we are passionate about encouraging people to experience this.”

The Big Help Out is a voluntary initiative supported by some of the UK’s biggest volunteer organisations, including the Scouts and the Royal Voluntary Service, as well as the Shaping the Future With Volunteering Group – one of the UK’s leading volunteer-involving charities. The Big Help Out is open to all, and any organisation or individual can join in with or register an event via their app.

The objective of The Big Help Out is to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK and provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities. This is not a profit making or fundraising initiative just an opportunity to get involved.

The 2023 for 2023 launch takes place on Friday, 5 May at the Carlton Colville CommuniTea Cuppa – all are welcome. This will involve older people, care home residents, nursery school children, singing, dancing, bunting, free books, ‘Young & Old Selfies’, crowns… and lots of cake & fruit! We are very pleased and appreciative to the Central England Coop and Get Suffolk Reading (part of the National Literacy Trust) for their support of this event.

Why not do something unique for the King’s Coronation, lend a hand, help out – however big or small – you really can make a difference to your community and what better way to enhance your life, learn new skills, and make good friends. 

If you would like to find out more about how you can lend your support in the King’s Coronation year, we’d love to hear from you – you can reach us on: 01449 707030, email: volunteering@communitiestogether-ea.org or take a look at our website at: www.communitiestogethereastanglia.org.

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