Volunteers of Stowmarket

Our Volunteers of Stowmarket (VOS) project supports local people of all ages to undertake environmental activities and initiatives across the town.


Project volunteers will be taking part in environmental activities within the local community which includes; 


Tree Planting; assisting with projects to help raise the canopy cover of Stowmarket by planting trees within the town. 


Gardening and garden-related activities; assisting local community groups to maintain their garden. 


Litter Picking; working in areas across Stowmarket, including the town centre, parks and open spaces, with the aim to Keep Stowmarket Tidy. 


Recycling initiatives; taking part in projects that encourage more people to recycle, including manning the market stall that happens on 4th Thursday of the month.


Planting and Weeding


And any other green initiatives/projects that helps improve and enhance the environment.


Our project provides opportunities for people to contribute to meaningful projects that have a positive local and global impact in a way that also benefits the volunteers themselves.

Our Aim Our aim is to increase the number of people who volunteer to take part in environmental projects and initiatives across Stowmarket.


There are many social benefits and gains that people experience when they volunteer. Volunteering enhances skills and attitudes: hard skills (for example, language and customer relations skills), soft skills (communication, self-confidence, teamwork skills, routines and time keeping).


Volunteering can also serve as a meaningful alternative to paid work. It can help individuals maintain their self-worth and offer them important social contact, and that can counteract the negative psychological effects of social exclusion. Volunteering in this instance can make a contribution to maintaining and increasing peoples health and wellbeing whilst helping improve and enhance the environment.