Thinking about volunteering? Now’s the time to put your hand up

Release Date: 24 May 2017

Come along to this year’s Volunteer Fair to meet local charities and community groups and discover the interesting and varied volunteer opportunities in Richmond.

There are more than 700 charities and not-for-profit organisations in the borough that need the support of volunteers and many different roles to choose from.

Many of them will have stalls at this year’s Volunteer Fair which will be held from 2pm to 6pm at Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond on Thursday 8 June. The Volunteer Fair is part of the national ‘Volunteers’ Week.

Organisations offering volunteering opportunities at the Fair, include:

  • The Mulberry Centre
  • River Thames Boat Project
  • London Wetland Centre
  • Landmark Arts Centre
  • Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts
  • Victim Support

Matt Maher, Richmond Council’s Head of Community and Partnerships, said:

“Volunteering is so rewarding and we know that there are thousands of residents across the borough that already give up their time to help a charity, school or other voluntary sector organisation. But there are many vacant opportunities. This ‘market place’ event aims to reach out to those who haven’t tried volunteering before. I hope that many people attend to see what is on offer and are inspired to consider giving up some of their time to improve the lives of others or their local area.”


Kathryn Williamson, Interim Director of Richmond Council for Voluntary Service, added:

“RCVS is delighted to be hosting the annual Richmond Volunteer Fair again. The Fair provides an ideal opportunity for local voluntary groups to literally set out their stall for residents to discover how they can volunteer and contribute to their community. We hope that those already volunteering will also spread the word about the Fair and encourage a friend who doesn’t yet volunteer to come along to find out more about the benefits of volunteering.’

You can visit the annual Richmond Volunteer Fair on Thursday 8 June between 2pm and 6pm at Richmond Adult Community College (RACC), Parkshot, Richmond.

Notes for editors

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Updated: 31 May 2017