Gain skills and support others by volunteering

22/05/2017, PR8562

Wakefield Volunteer Fair
Wakefield Volunteer Fair

​People in the Wakefield district are being asked to make a pledge to volunteer and support local projects and communities.

Wakefield Council is offering people of all ages volunteering opportunities, which can help them to develop new skills and gain valuable experience.

As part of National Volunteer Week, the Council is holding a Volunteer Fair on Friday 2 June, 10am-3pm at the Elizabethan gallery (next to Trinity Walk) in Wakefield.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "National Volunteer Week gives a focus to the wide range of opportunities that are available. I'd like to encourage residents to make a commitment to volunteer and to come to the fair to find out about the many different ways they can get involved.

"Volunteering is very rewarding. When individuals come together they can, and do, make a real difference to others.

"People can get involved in one-off projects or in something longer term. Volunteering gives people a real sense of satisfaction, is enjoyable, provides opportunities to learn and can be fun too."

The Council has over 400 volunteers involved in services including in libraries, parks, at the Castles, and supporting health and youth services in the district.

There are also a wide range of volunteer roles to look into with local charities and community groups. People can also volunteer informally in their community, for example by shopping for an elderly neighbour, or helping with gardening.

Some current volunteers will be at the fair to talk to visitors about their experiences.

On the day there will be a wide variety of different community groups to talk about volunteering opportunities and the different roles available.

For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/volunteer For details about National Volunteer Week visit http://volunteersweek.org/



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