Volunteer Recruitment Fair

30 April 2019

People looking to gain new skills and give something back to the community are being invited to a Volunteer Recruitment Fair in June.

Volunteers are the backbone of non-profit organisations and a range of groups from across the district that rely on voluntary support are coming together for a special information exchange event on Saturday, June 1 in Newark’s Buttermarket.

Undertaking voluntary work gives people the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others and give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life.

Furthermore, volunteering can be a route to employment or simply a chance to gain new knowledge, meet new people and get involved in the local community.

Newark Community First Aid, Beaumond House Community Hospice and Guide Dogs for the Blind are just some of the groups exhibiting on the day, between 10am and 3pm, which will give visitors the chance to learn more about the work done and the opportunities available to give support.

The day has been organised by Newark and Sherwood Community Network, a partnership between the district council, Newark and Sherwood Community & Voluntary Service (CVS) and other volunteer-led groups to raise the profile of the district-wide offer of support to communities and individuals.

Beaumond House Community Hospice has more than 100 volunteers who are crucial to the services offered to patients and their families.

Volunteer co-ordinator Lucy Millard said: “Our volunteers help on reception, in the garden, with essential maintenance tasks and in the kitchen. We have volunteer drivers who ensure the patients can get to and from day therapy where more volunteers are ready to welcome them and make sure they have a lovely day with us.

“The volunteers range from sixth form students who are thinking of a career in medicine to people who have retired and want to find something rewarding to do. It is wonderful that we have so many people to help us and we are so grateful to them but we are always happy to welcome more to our team to ensure the hospice can continue to offer support and care when it is needed.”

Helen Stanbridge, senior manager at Newark and Sherwood Community & Voluntary Service, said: “Volunteering makes an enormous difference and has a positive impact in our local community, with many volunteers bringing a wealth of diversity and life experiences. The fair is an ideal opportunity to find out about how you can get involved and help make a difference.”

The recruitment day also marks the start of National Volunteers’ Week during which hundreds of events and celebrations will be taking place across the country to recognise the invaluable and diverse contribution made by volunteers in volunteer-led organisations across the country.

To celebrate the work they do across the district, volunteers from across Newark and Sherwood are being invited to attend a special ‘thank you’ event, taking place at Newark Castle the following day.

The district council’s senior health and community relations officer, Andy Hardy, said: “Volunteers’ Week reminds us of the fantastic contribution that volunteers make to our community so selflessly. Their willingness to invest time and energy to help other is greatly appreciated and should be recognised and this day of celebration is our small way of saying thank you on behalf of all those that benefit from their efforts.”

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