Residents offered fresh start to the New Year with volunteering fair at Wyvern House

9 January 2019 

People looking for valuable work experience or the opportunity to volunteer their time in their community will have the chance to meet organisations offering a wide range of volunteering opportunities at a special event at Wyvern House this month.

A Volunteering Fair will be held in the new Wyvern House Public Services Hub on 22 January 2019 from 10am - 12 pm.

Winsford Work Zone and Jobcentre Plus are hosting the event in which residents will be able to meet with the organisations to find out more about volunteering opportunities and how to get started.  There will be all sorts of rewarding volunteering roles on offer. 

Opportunities will be provided from: 
  • Healthwatch:  Volunteers will be involved with communications and administrative tasks as well as researching the views of people in children’s centres libraries, hospitals and social care centres
  • Bright Memories:  Volunteers will be helping out with art sessions and outdoor activities, and to spend time with people with dementia taking part in enjoyable activities
  • Cheshire Community Development Trust:  Volunteers will be helping to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation among people over 50 in a buddying and befriending scheme
  • Changing Lives in Cheshire: Volunteers will be helping in all aspects of the business with work in the warehouse, wood workshop, reception, café and shop floor
  • Library: Volunteers will be involved with delivering books to the elderly and working with the public in a customer service role, helping people to use online services, and helping staff to deliver the Summer Reading Challenge to promote using the library to young people.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, said: “There are so many people giving up their time to help local causes and the local community.  Without volunteers, many vital support services would cease to function. Volunteers help our community to thrive. 

“Volunteering can also be an intermediate step when someone is trying to improve their personal circumstances or find employment. It is a great addition to any CV enabling volunteers to demonstrate evidence of key employment skills gained in a practical setting to prospective employers. 

“It also offers an opportunity for voluntary organisations to benefit from additional support. It is very rewarding for the volunteer, whether they are on their journey to employment or just looking to give something back to their community. People can start the New Year with a fresh outlook and embark on a new start in life.”

For information contact Winsford Work Zone on 01606 288901 or drop into Wyvern House between 10am-noon on Tuesday 22 January 2019 to meet volunteer organisations.

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