On Saturday morning, 11th October in the Long Gallery at Englefield House, home to Richard Benyon MP, Garry Poulson, Director of & the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire as part of their 40th year anniversary revealed the statistics they had been collecting from 92 organisations, who were present, across the county and the hours they accumulate from volunteering.
Brian Phillips, Chairman of the Trustees of the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire said: “There are about 96 organisations here today but we believe that is probably only about one seventh of the total number of voluntary organisations across West Berkshire both large and small, so what we have seen here this morning is probably only the tip of the iceberg.”
Jeff Beck, Chairman West Berkshire Council revealed the figures at 6,951 volunteers across 92 organisations within West Berkshire and their amount of hours 588,270.25 which equates to £7,353,373 in monetary value based on a £12.50 hourly rate.
Richard Benyon said: “Doing millions of pounds worth of good works for the local community in so many different ways is truly awe inspiring and that figure is just a statistic, lying underneath is life changing activities; saving lives, making lonely lives more enriched and doing wonderful work across the community.”
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