‘Big Society’ is heading for the heart of Hucknall

Mark Spencer at Under One Roof
Mark Spencer at Under One Roof

COMMUNITY spirit will be the cornerstone of an event designed to bring Hucknall’s most caring groups and organisations together with the town’s wannabe volunteers.

Hucknall’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer, has come up with the idea of a ‘Heart Of Hucknall Showcase’.

The aim is to link groups, ranging from sports clubs to St John Ambulance, with locals who are willing to give up their time for the benefit of the town and its residents.

The idea springs from a previous incarnation of the Heart Of Hucknall initiative, launched by Mr Spencer to promote and praise the town’s small businesses.

He believes the scheme fits in with the notion of the ‘Big Society’ promoted by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The centrepiece of the ‘Heart Of Hucknall Showcase’ will be a day-long event at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street. Groups will be invited along on Saturday March 17 to set up a stand promoting the services they offer.

In turn, those who are interested in volunteering will be urged to take part.

Mr Spencer said: “We talk about the ‘Big Society’, but how do you get involved with organisations if you want to?

“Often people can be turned off from getting involved and giving their time because it is difficult to put yourself forward.

“But you are taking major steps if you can link up those who want to volunteer with those who need volunteers. It sounds like such a simple step, but it’s a step that many struggle to take.

“This is not a political thing. It is about bringing people together for the good of the community.”

Organisations already committed to the ‘Heart Of Hucknall Showcase’ include Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group, tenants and residents groups, the Boys Brigade, Scout groups and Brownie packs.

To register an interest, call Mr Spencer’s office on 0115 9681186 or contact him by e-mail at mark.spencer.mp@parliament.uk.