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Find out about volunteering at information day

Published on Friday, June 8, 2018

Volunteers pick litter

PEOPLE who want to use their spare time to make a difference in their community can find out about hundreds of opportunities at a Volunteering Fair in Leicester on Monday (11 June).

Leicester City Council is marking National Volunteers' Week with a drop-in event at City Hall that will provide information about the numerous ways that people can get involved as a volunteer.

Opportunities include helping out in Leicester’s libraries, lending a hand in the city’s museums, clearing litter from the waterways, working in the city’s parks and open spaces, or supporting the city council’s response to major incidents by volunteering to help in rest centres.

Volunteering roles in the city’s libraries include supporting the council’s children’s summer reading challenge or helping others to acquire basic computing skills – while museum volunteers could find themselves acting as tour guides or helping to keep the gardens at Newarke Houses and Belgrave Hall in tip-top condition.

Parks volunteers could find themselves tidying up the city’s cemeteries or carrying out conservation work, while volunteers are always needed to help with the dozens of festivals and events staged by the city council each year.

Assistant city mayor Cllr Mustafa Malik, who leads on the voluntary and community sector, said: “Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, get active, learn new skills and do something positive to improve your local environment. 

“There are hundreds of ways to get involved and we hope that this Volunteering Fair will show people how easy it is to make a difference to their community.”

Community development manager Vicky Hudson said: “Last year, volunteers gave more than 60,000 hours of their time to work in our parks and open spaces and we’re very grateful for their support.

“You don’t need any previous experience to be a volunteer – and you don’t need to have a lot of spare time.

“If you can spare several hours a week or just one hour per month, there will be a volunteering role for you.”

Other city council services represented at the Volunteering Fair will include licensing, public health and waste management.

The Bradgate Park Trust, British Red Cross and the Sustainable Land Trust are some of the other agencies that will be taking stalls at the event.

Most roles require volunteers to be aged 18 or over, but children aged 16 or over can also volunteer, if they are accompanied by an adult.

People can drop in to the Volunteering Fair at City Hall at any time between 12 noon and 7pm on Monday (11 June).

More information about volunteering in Leicester is available here



Picture caption: Staff from Highcross Leicester pick up litter in Braunstone Park as part of National Volunteers' Week