Today marks the end of Volunteers’ Week where we have celebrated and thanked the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

I spent Friday at the Cancer Research UK shop in Bilston where I volunteered some time with the staff and volunteers are they undertook their duties in the shop.

Katie was one of the extremely dedicated volunteers and showed me the ropes during my time there. I sorted through donations and served customers on the till. Katie spoke to me about the skills she had developed over the years through volunteering and the difference that she was making in the Bilston shop.

I’m extremely grateful to volunteers like Katie as many invaluable services would not be able to operate without their hard work and dedication. Such services in Wolverhampton are run by around 11,900 volunteers.

Wolverhampton Volunteer Centre has helped thousands of people to find their ideal volunteering opportunity over the last decade. Staff work with individuals to explore opportunities with nearly 400 organisations, and people can find out about these either face to face at the centre on Temple Street or by visiting the website,

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