Your chance to volunteer for a change

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Derry will showcase the largest Volunteer Fair in the North West on June 7 at the Millennium Forum to encourage people to ‘volunteer...for a change’.

The event will celebrate on the 10th Anniversary of Volunteers Week, June 1-7, and will coincide with the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

It will be hosted by the North West Volunteer Centre and Derry Council’s Kickstart to Work Programme.

Jacqueline Garnon, Centre Manager of North West Volunteer said:”Volunteering can provide a real focus to someone and provide a gateway to other opportunites including paid work, but more importantly the impact of volunteering has a profound effect on us all; individuals, families, the environment and society as a whole. It is the lifeblood of our communties and there is no doubt that volunteering is making a real difference to people’s live in the North West.”

The Fair will include up to 40 local groups promoting their activities and encouraging people to volunteer. Mena Kearney, Job Brokerage Officer, Derry City Council said: “The Kickstart to work programme on behalf of Derry City Council is supporting the The North West Volunteer centre during Volunteers’ Week by bringing their outreach service directly to local people. Kickstart to work offers a range of services to residents and businesses in the Derry City Council area, helping people to match their abilities and interests with jobs or training opportunities. Volunteering can assist in raising an individual’s confidence while working towards taking up paid employment.”

Voluntary or community organisations can register their interest in reserving a stall at the Fair. Participation is free however promotional stalls are limited. For further information on this event contact Jacequeline or Geoff at the North West Volunteer centre on 02871271071 or email geoff@volunteeringnorthwest.co.uk.