Summer is finally here and for now at least the weather is just perfect for some outdoor volunteering. At this time of year we see lots of events, right across the district, and many of them offer some excellent opportunities for one off volunteering.
Even if you don’t volunteer, you might want to pop along to see what’s going on. This coming weekend, 1st and 2nd July, you can drop in along Morecambe promenade for fun cycling activities including MegaBike rides, bike try-out track, pedal-powered attractions, and much more. Bring your bike for a free safety check by a Bike Doctor on the Sunday and discover your local bike shop. You can find out more at www.waysaroundthebay.org.uk.
Coming up on 8th and 9th of July is the Lancaster Health Festival. Sarah who is coordinating much of that event needs people to lend a hand in the morning of both days to set up, putting out deckchairs and games in Dalton Square, as well as at the end of each day to help clear away. There is also a chance to help marshal the event, helping people navigate the spaces and understand who is doing what.
Once he school holidays start there will be more activities across Lancaster and Morecambe and if you want to get involved in any of them the Volunteer Centre may be able to help you, from galas and fetes to activities for young people and beyond.
It is important to remember safety in the sun though! The hottest hours and greatest risk of UV damage is between 11am and 3pm. Be sure to use plenty of sun screen – the NHS recommends at least factor 30 and 4 star UVA protection, but the higher the better. Make sure you get all exposed skin and don’t forget your ears!
If you can, wear a hat to give your face, neck, and ears some shade. And stay hydrated! It is so easy to forget to drink regularly when you’re busy, so if you do anything outdoors, whether it’s volunteering or taking part in some other way, have some water with you. And if you get too hot, get to some shade.