Volunteering fit for a King – do your bit for The Big Help Out

People across the county are being encouraged to pledge to volunteer in their local communities on Monday 8 May and beyond

Lord-Lieutenant Mike Kapur signs the Big Help Out pledge

Residents of Leicester and Leicestershire are being urged to join in a nationwide volunteering project as part of the celebrations for the Coronation of His Majesty the King.

The Big Help Out, taking place on Monday 8 May, has been launched by the King and Queen Consort to encourage people across the UK to try out volunteering and join in the work being undertaken to support their local areas, as well as highlighting the positive impact that volunteering has on communities.

Now, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Mike Kapur OBE – who is the King’s representative in Leicestershire – has launched his Big Help Out pledge, and is urging people of all ages across the county to sign up to it.

He is hoping that the Big Help Out will act as a launchpad to increase the number of volunteers across Leicestershire, by giving people a taste of volunteering and encouraging them to continue helping their communities after the celebrations are over.

Mr Kapur has made his own pledge to take part in a litter pick on 8 May, and is now encouraging people of all ages and from all walks of life in Leicester and Leicestershire to sign up to the pledge.

Anyone who takes the Big Help Out pledge promises to take part in a volunteering activity on Monday 8 May, to explore getting involved with volunteering beyond the Coronation weekend and share their volunteering experience with others to inspire them to take part. It is hoped this will bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation weekend.

The Big Help Out is an opportunity to celebrate all those brilliant people who already volunteer, who go out of their way and go the extra mile to support their local communities, as well as encouraging as many people as possible to pledge their support to volunteer during the Big Help Out and to carry on that volunteering afterwards. It is an opportunity for the people of Leicester and Leicestershire to try volunteering for themselves and make a real difference in their own communities.

Mr Kapur has already recruited some well-known faces and high-profile sports and showbiz stars to sign the pledge to support the Big Help Out.

Volunteers can sign up for The Big Help Out on the Lord Lieutenant’s Coronation web page, where details of volunteering opportunities in Leicester and Leicestershire can also be found.

Organisations looking for volunteers are also being encouraged to register on the Big Help Out website, as well as businesses and other organisations who would like to co-ordinate volunteering opportunities for a number of employees.

Everyone who signs up is encouraged to share their pledge and their volunteering pictures @LeicsLieutenant, using the hashtag #LeicsBigHelpOut

Leicestershire Matters

Free adult admission is available at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and 1620s House and Gardens for anyone with a valid Carers Passport

Swift boxes and installation are free, and are available to anyone who has a suitable property

The year's focus is on the small changes people can make that make a difference

Cash available to help people recover from impact of floods

Try new courses for free across June

The A606 Burton Road will be closed for eight weeks from Monday, 1 July