Ellesmere Port needs you at volunteer fair

Chance to learn more on projects in the area

Henny Moore has been volunteering for more than 30 years

Would-be volunteers have an opportunity to sign up at what is described as Ellesmere Port's biggest volunteer fair on Thursday, January 30.

Organised by the Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (EPNAVCO) public bodies, charities and community organisations taking part in the event at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall will be keen to meet people and offer them opportunities to help their community by becoming a volunteer.

Volunteer development worker Liz Ledsham said: “In recent years we have seen a growth in volunteering through the Olympics and in times of crisis, such as bad weather or riots.

“The hundreds of volunteers helping community groups and charities provide a crucial role delivering help and support both in times of need or every day in their local community.

“Without the army of volunteers supporting our local organisations, they would not be able to deliver the services and resources the community depend on.

“This year we have several new exciting community projects helping and befriending Ellesmere Port residents that people can find out about at the fair.”

‘Our local residents have an amazing track record volunteering’ she added, with volunteers contributing ‘thousands of hours’ of volunteer time to clubs, community activities and public services.

More than 35 organisations will be attending offering a wide range of volunteer roles and activities for would-be volunteers to do.

For those looking for new skills the organisations will help identify the skills people can get from each of the volunteer roles.

Ms Ledsham added: “If you want to get back into a routine, try a new experience, enhance your CV, learn new skills or refresh existing skills, volunteering could provide you with the means to do this.

“Whether you have an hour of your time to give or a day, everyone will be welcome at the fair.”

Elaine Dunn, chief officer of EPNAVCO, said: “The lives of so many people in the Ellesmere Port area are enriched and helped by volunteers and the organisations they support.

“As well as helping others, becoming a volunteer can provide you with new friends, develop your skills, motivate you, build your confidence, provide a routine or the opportunity to try out something new.

“It is a way of gaining essential experience and practical skills for many people facing unemployment or redundancy and is a fantastic way of expanding your CV.”

The organisations will be at the Ellesmere Port Civic Hall between 3pm and 6pm on January 30.

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