Make a difference this National Volunteers’ Week

24/05/2018, PR8808

Volunteers at Pontefract Castle 1
Volunteers at Pontefract Castle

Wakefield Council is asking people in the district to make a pledge to volunteer and support local projects and communities, this national Volunteers Week.

Throughout Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June), Wakefield Council is offering volunteering opportunities, to people of all ages, where people can find out about volunteering opportunities in the local communities and in the wider district.

After the success of last year’s Volunteer Fair, the Council is holding four fairs across the district during Volunteers Week on:

• Friday 1 June, 11am – 2pm at Elizabethan Gallery, Wakefield city centre
• Monday 4 June, 11am – 2pm at Hemsworth Springs Life Centre
• Tuesday 5 June, 11am – 2pm at Castleford Trinity Church
• Wednesday 6 June, 11am – 2pm at Pontefract Library

At the fairs, a range of organisations, including many local charities, will be showcasing the many opportunities they have available.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “We were so pleased that hundreds of people came to our volunteer fair last year with an interest to give something back to their communities, learn new skills and to gain valuable experience. Volunteering is also a great way to stay active and help positively boost your mental wellbeing. That is why we are holding even more fairs this year, at locations across the district, so that more people are able to come along and find out how volunteering can benefit them.

“I hope as many people as possible come along to see the many opportunities available. You don’t have to commit on the day, just come along to see what it’s about. People can just volunteer an hour a week, or even a month, it really doesn’t matter. It’s about giving a little bit of time to contribute and make a difference in their community.”

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.

For more information visit
www.wakefield.gov.uk/volunteer

For details about National Volunteer Week visit
http://volunteersweek.org/

Volunteers at Pontefract Castle 2
Volunteers at Pontefract Castle

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