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A Salute to Hedon’s voluntary and community sector for Blog Action Day 2012 #BAD12

Bloggers from 108 countries have registered to take part in Blog Action Day 2012 on the theme “The Power of We”.

The Power of We is a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world, either for their own communities or for people they will never meet half way around he world.


FOR #BAD12 the Hedon Blog salutes the ‘power’ to help, to improve the enjoyment of life, to make a difference, and to change the world that is represented by the voluntary and community sector in Hedon.

The voluntary and community sector is given many different names by government who like to catalogue and label such things; the Third Sector, Civil Society – or in the latest government guise – the Big Society. But whatever the name, what distinguishes each and every voluntary and community group from the public and private sector is that they are driven fundamentally by volunteers and community activists  who give up their own time for the sake of others.

It is volunteers who sit as Trustees or committee members who drive and lead organisations; volunteers run massive organisations like Oxfam and Greenpeace, but they also manage smaller and equally essential  groups to run village halls, community centres and sports clubs. As well as leading and giving organisations strategic direction, volunteers quite often act as ‘staff’ and deal with the actual face-to-face work of helping, serving, dealing with the public and others.

This article therefore is a salute to those people  who volunteer locally and add to the quality of life in Hedon and other places.

We salute those who give their time to:

  • Local churches: St Augustine’s, Hedon Methodist, Hedon Catholics, Christian Life, All Churches together,
  • Local sports: South Holderness Cricket, Hedon Rangers, BP RUFC, Holderness Grange Bowling Club, Triathlon Club, Walking Group, Eastside Community Sports,
  • Community centres: Alexandra Hall,
  • Charity Shops: British Red Cross, Dove House,
  • Youth: Hedon Youth Group, Girl Guides, Scouts,
  • Charity fundraising: Holderness Lions,
  • Health: Community First Responders, St John’s Ambulance Brigade, British Red Cross,
  • Environment: Hedon Preservation Trust/Hedon Navigation Trust, HOTI,
  • Civic Service: Hedon Town Council,
  • Heritage: Hedon Museum Society,

The above list only gives a glimpse at some of the voluntary and community sector endeavour in the town! But it serves its purpose of revealing the scope, extent and range of voluntary and community service in Hedon.

To those who have ever baked a cake for a tombola, served the public in a fundraising coffee morning, attended a meeting or activity to support or run your club, campaigned, given out flyers, put up posters – then this Blog Action Day article is dedicated to you! Collectively your efforts add up to hundreds, thousands of hours of voluntary time that have made Hedon a better place to live.

Your efforts represent a power that positively influences lives in the town! On Blog Action Day 2012 you can rightly claim the “The Power of We” has made a difference locally!

Read more about Blog Action Day 2012.

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