Release Date: 19/07/2012
Residents interested in getting involved in their local community are invited to drop in to meet ‘Volunteering Richmond’ at one of their roadshows over the next few months.
Volunteering Richmond will be visiting all the villages around the borough over the summer. Starting this week, residents who live, work or study in Richmond upon Thames will be able to find out about the latest volunteering opportunities. Residents will be able to discuss possible placements with specialist advisors and sign up on the spot. Alternatively, people can register on-line or arrange a future face-to-face interview.
There are hundreds of volunteering opportunities available to support local organisations including; befriending with the Richmond Association for the Blind, mentoring with the Richmond Gateway Club, complementary therapy with Richmond MIND, nature conservation, administration, fundraising, events and youth work, and many more. Information will also be available for other opportunities such as supporting Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Time London Walk in September. Residents can also find out about being a ‘virtual’ volunteer – using writing and social media skills to make a difference in the local area.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Business and Culture, said:
“Earlier this month we launched the borough’s Village Plans, outlining local priorities and highlighting how people can get involved in improving their community. This follows on from the Council’s All in One survey where residents told us what issues matter most and what needs to be improved in their local area. In the survey 6,000 people told us that they want to be more involved in the place in which they live. The Village Plans outline a number of opportunities – including volunteering.
“Volunteering enables people to use their skills to make a vital contribution to the borough. It also is an opportunity for residents to meet new people, gain experience and make new friends. Volunteering Richmond will inspire and support residents across the borough, enabling them to really make a difference.”
The first drop in sessions will be: