Mansfield to mark International Volunteer Day


A variety of events will take place in Mansfield to mark International Volunteer Day on Thursday.

In Mansfield, volunteers, with support from Mansfield District Council and Mansfield Community & Voluntary Service (CVS) will be holding an information and fundraising cake stall at the Civic Centre, from 10am to 1pm, to celebrate International Volunteer Day and to raise money for next year’s Mansfield Volunteer Awards.

Volunteering can cover a huge range of tasks, not just the traditional charity shop work that most people imagine. Just a selection of the interesting opportunities available in Mansfield this winter includes:

Christmas wrapping volunteers for the Samaritans, needed every day from Saturday 7 December to Tuesday 24 December – contact Martin via email: fundraisingmansfieldsams@hotmail.co.uk

Home visitor volunteers for My Sight Nottinghamshire, to support visually impaired people by visiting them once a week for short walks, a cup of tea and a chat, or days out – call Kelly Eastman on 0115 970 6806.

Talking magazine volunteers for the Mansfield Echo, a local news and events paper which is distributed in audio format to people across the community. They are currently looking for both readers and sound engineers – please contact Andy on 01623 843 197.

Coun Andrew Tristram, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Issues at Mansfield District Council, said: “With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community.

“The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. There are lots of opportunities available across the District and so I would encourage you to come along to the information event and find out how you can get involved.”

The annual Mansfield Volunteer Awards, held in the summer, highlight the achievements of local volunteers and help to raise awareness of the vital importance of the work that they do. For more information visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/volunteering

Further details about volunteering opportunities across Mansfield are available by calling Mansfield CVS on 01623 651 177 or visit www.mansfieldcvs.orgMansf




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