Sian Finn, Volunteering & Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator
To celebrate Volunteers’ Week this month, and the incredible impact our volunteers have made within and across our services and communities, we are currently in the process of creating a visual legacy which has been made possible with Birmingham Pride Community Trust funding.
We have artist Sophie Handy leading on this project, and are in the midst of creating something that represents our fantastic volunteers and our vibrant community members by creating a colourful mosaic rainbow tree with branches that represent our volunteering roles: the leaves will represent our individual volunteers and the fruits of the tree will be symbols and signs that represent our vibrant community members.
This art piece is being created over series of workshops with the input from volunteers and members of our men’s wellbeing group. We aim to bring workshops to different community groups in the future where members will be welcome to add to our volunteering tree with what they have created at the workshops.
A celebration event will be held at Birmingham LGBT Centre, to include our volunteers and participants from our mentoring and befriending projects. Big thanks go out to Birmingham Pride Community Trust, our fantastic volunteers and community members for helping create this beautiful legacy to our volunteering service.