A Volunteer Recruitment Day on Thursday October 13th is being held by Volunteer Link-Up in conjunction with Witney Town Council as one of a series of community events that the Town Council supports. Refreshments will be provided by Cogges Meadow Park group, who are fundraising to bring about improvements to the play area at Cogges.
Organisations are invited to bring a stand to the event to showcase their organisation, highlight the work they do and the kind of opportunities they can offer volunteers.
The recruitment day is also an opportunity for enthusiastic individuals interested in volunteering in Witney and the surrounding area to find out how they could give their time to help improve local services.
Patricia Chirgwin, Manager of Volunteer Link-Up said;
“‘West Oxfordshire is an amazing place to live, with wonderful people willing to help when they know there is a need. This event is being held to showcase local organisations that do incredible jobs supporting the residents of the district. These organisations do need support to continue – and we hope that the people of West Oxfordshire will come forward to find out more about what these groups do – and hopefully offer their help.”
Volunteers bring fresh ideas and approaches and enthusiasm to the organisations they volunteer with, but it’s a two-way street as there are a number of benefits to be gained by volunteering.
For some, volunteering can be a means to finding permanent employment, or an opportunity to experience new challenges which may prompt a career change. For others, volunteering offers social benefits.
Here are ten great reasons to volunteer.
• Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
• Make a difference to the lives of others and your own
• Feel valued and part of a team
• Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
• Gain confidence and self-esteem
• Gain new skills, knowledge and experience and develop existing ones
• Enhance a CV and improve employment prospects
• Gain an accreditation
• Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others
• It’s a chance to socialise and meet new people, make new friends and get to know the local community
Witney Mayor, Councillor Chris Holliday added;
“The Volunteer Recruitment Fair is a great way for local voluntary groups and organisations to come together for some valuable networking. This enhances their ability to provide better services. The volunteers of this town are seen as a vital means of providing support for some of our most vulnerable residents.”
Make 2016 the year you decide to get involved. Make a start by coming along to the Corn Exchange on October 13th between 10am and 2pm and find out more about the volunteering opportunities available locally. If you represent an organisation and would like a stand please contact Mrs Patricia Chirgwin on 01993 776277 or