Shropshire needs volunteers

PUBLISHED: 10:49 06 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:52 20 February 2013

Shropshire needs volunteers

Shropshire needs volunteers

Volunteering is a part of life in Shropshire and the Community Council is looking for more people who want to make a difference

Volunteering is a part of life in Shropshire and the Community Council is looking for more people who want to

Make a difference

Following the General Election, everyone is talking about The Big Society and in particular measures which encourage people to play an active role in their local community through volunteering.

Volunteering isnt new and every year tens of thousands of people across the country take part in a range of opportunities: creating community gardens, helping out isolated neighbours with their shopping, teaching financial literacy and renovating community centres. The number of people who volunteer in rural communities is higher than in urban areas and research has shown that volunteering in Shropshire is higher than the national average.

At the Community Council of Shropshire, the Volunteering Team is dedicated to promoting and celebrating volunteering and helping people who havent volunteered before to give it a go.

The team helps charities, community groups, companies and others to recruit volunteers, raise the profile of volunteers in the media and say thank you for their support. We also give people the skills, support and resources they need to set up projects, connect with their neighbours and make a difference to their communities.

Clive Leworthy, Community Councils Volunteer Outreach Officer in the south of the county, was recently contacted by nine students looking for a volunteering opportunity. They wanted to make a difference to a local community and Clive was able to find them a healthy project in Craven Arms, creating a garden at Stokesay Primary School.

Valerie Meehan project co-ordinator for Grow, Cook and Share said: "The nine volunteers were all pharmacy students from Boots the Chemist and worked incredibly hard. They managed to level the site, lay paths and backfill the raised beds with 10 tons of topsoil in just one day. The staff and pupils at Stokesay Primary School in Craven Arms cant wait to get growing. This is an excellent start for the Grow, Cook, Share project and a real success for all involved."

Every year, the national organisation CSV promotes volunteering through Make a Difference Day which is supported by celebrities including Jamie Oliver. This year it is on Saturday, October 30, the end of half-term, so is the perfect time for families to volunteer together. By volunteering, children and young people learn the importance of helping others and are able to try something new and adults enjoy a fun, free activity for all the family. This year a range of brilliant family friendly volunteering are being organised in Shropshire between October 23 and November 7, and anybody who wants to get involved can find out more by contacting:

Kim on 01691 656882 (Northern area)
Lisa on 01743 237872 (Central area)
Clive on 01743 342172 (Southern area).

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