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Atkinson to put the spotlight on volunteering heroes

Sefton residents will be able to find out more about hundreds of volunteering opportunities across the borough at an upcoming event in Southport.

Volunteer Centre Sefton will be holding a Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson on Lord Street in the town from 11am until 3pm on Wednesday 6th June, as part of Sefton Council’s 2018 Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer initiative.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – which is part of Sefton CVS – has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

Information on a wide range of opportunities will be available at the Volunteer Fair, from groups seeking green-fingered residents for gardening projects to organisations looking for people who can support families in crisis or ex-offenders.

Organisations attending the event will include the Friends of Kings Gardens, literacy charity Beanstalk, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Southport FC, the Orrell Trust and Sefton Community Learning Service.

Representatives will also be attending from Citizens Advice Sefton, Parenting 2000, Home-Start Southport and Formby and Merseyside Offender Mentoring.

Mike Howlett, Volunteer Centre Sefton’s Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer, said: “At this event we’ll be looking for people to join our existing volunteers in the borough who do such a fantastic job in terms of helping to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

“As well as being a good way to meet new people, volunteering can be tailored to the lifestyle of each individual – what you do, where you do it and how much time you give is totally up to you.

“We’re hoping for a very good turnout at this Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson. Our message to everyone is that communities across Sefton need your knowledge, skills and commitment.”

* Anyone unable to attend the event who would like information about the opportunities on offer can get in touch with Volunteer Centre Sefton on 0151-920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

Volunteers needed to bring junior parkrun to Bootle and Formby

Parkrun UK wants Sefton’s most enthusiastic volunteers to lend a helping hand to help bring the junior parkrun to Bootle and Formby.

The junior parkrun is a series of 2km events aimed at young people aged 4-14. These runs are held in open space and are free, safe and easy to take part in.

If you’re interested in sports or youth volunteering this could be a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in your local area.

If you’re interested in becoming a parkrun volunteer or would like more information, get in touch with lesley.neary@parkrun.com

To find out more about parkrun UK visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

 

Volunteer fever hits Sefton!

Volunteer fever is taking over Sefton as the Year of the Volunteer campaign inspires more and more people to make a difference in their communities. 

Hundreds of people have already pledged their time and support via Volunteering Sefton, with many more expected to do the same at a special celebration later this year.

Sefton CVS, in partnership with Sefton Council, will hold a special Volunteer Celebration event on Monday June 4 at Bootle Town Hall.

Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7), the event will provide an opportunity for local Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector and other not-for-profit organisations to recognise and celebrate the contribution of their volunteers.

Sefton-based groups or organisations can bring up to ten volunteers who will be presented with certificates of recognition for their volunteering by the Mayor of Sefton.

Places are limited and booking is essential for groups. To download a booking form click here

All forms must be returned by May 21 by email to info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk

For more information contact Mike Howlett on 0151 920 0726

Year of the Volunteer: Become a clean-up champion!

April is the Year of the Volunteer’s Clean, Green and Beautiful environment month, where we celebrate volunteers who help keep our borough beautiful. 

Everybody knows Sefton has few and far between rivals for the title of most beautiful British coastline! 

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

Our Coast and Countryside team are supported by hundreds of volunteers called the Friends of Sefton Coast, who give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

They include the Friends of Crosby Beach, the Rubbish Friends group and many more volunteer teams.

From beach cleans after a storm to buckthorne bashing, there’s always plenty to get your teeth into on the Sefton Coast.

To find out more about our list of events and activities between April and June 2018, or to get involved, check out the FoSC April – June Calendar

To register as a FOSC volunteer, you can email coast.countryside@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 

Year of the Volunteer: Food banks & Anti-poverty

March is the Year of the Volunteer’s Anti-Poverty and Food Banks month.

Each month the Year of the Volunteer campaign focuses on a special theme, with March being dedicated to those who give up their time to help those who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

We’ve been catching up with a number of volunteer organisations and individuals, including South Sefton Foodbank and Lakeside Foodbank, Southport, who regularly spend hundreds of hours each month to help families and those in need of emergency food supplies.

Volunteers make a real difference in Sefton. They touch people’s lives in so many different ways, providing comfort and support, fostering community development, and actively helping to keep Sefton clean, green and beautiful

Check out our feature video from South Sefton foodbank below. You can volunteer with them here

 

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