Wakefield Council supports volunteering week

Date: 28/05/2014
Ref: PR 4573

Wakefield Council is supporting national volunteering week, June 1 – 7, by promoting volunteering opportunities.

The Council is committed to providing a variety of volunteering opportunities for its citizens. These include:

• School Governors
• Litter picks
• Sports coaches
• Youth workers
• Nominated adults for vulnerable young people and adults in custody
• Library volunteers
• Stewarding at Council galas and events
• Snow wardens.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Volunteering is about giving your time to do something useful and in return you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent. In addition, volunteering can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience.

"Volunteers play a vital role in keeping community groups and organisations going. It will not only make a real difference to your own life, but the lives of those around you. So please find out more about how you can support your local community."

Residents can also look out for opportunities in their local community. Local community centres, older people's clubs and conservation groups often welcome new volunteers.

Discover volunteering opportunities available in the district at www.do-it.org.uk

The Council also works closely with partner organisation Nova Wakefield District - the support organisation for the Third Sector.

Nova offers a range of practical support services for organisations setting up a volunteer programme for the first time and those looking to recruit volunteers. They also provide information about the Wakefield District Volunteering Forum. Find out more at www.nova-wd.org.uk/volunteering

For more information about volunteering contact areaworking@wakefield.gov.uk or please call 01924 305391.