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Make a date for Wokingham Volunteer Fair this January

ANYONE who made a New Year’s resolution to get stuck into the community, help people or be kinder can find just what they’re looking for a special event being held later this month.

The Wokingham Volunteer Centre – which has a regular weekly column in The Wokingham Paper highlighting vacancies across the borough – is preparing to hold its annual volunteer recruitment fair, enabling people to find their perfect match.

They say that volunteering is something that can be done all year round, can improve health and happiness and give others a helping hand.

The popular event will be held on Saturday, January 19, between 10am and 1pm at Wokingham’s Town Hall.

Exhibitors will be a variety of different charities and organisations all looking for all kinds of volunteers, with something for everyone promised.

Organisations attending include:

  • The Link visiting scheme, which provides befrienders for elderly people who have become isolated)
  • The Me2 Club, which supports children and young people with extra needs to access mainstream activities
  • Sue Ryder Day Hospice, Wokingham based day hospice providing palliative care
  • Holt Copse Conservation, who look after the Holt Copse area in Wokingham
  • Thames Hospice Charity shop, which raises essential funds for a local hospice
  • ABC to Read, which provides trained volunteers to local schools to read with primary school children.

Other organisations attending include those that support children, young people, families, the elderly, people with mental health issues, provide advice and other worthwhile causes.

Helena Badger, Volunteer Development Coordinator for the Wokingham Volunteer Centre, said: “Being a volunteer is a great way to help the local community, enhance your CV, improve your confidence, meet new friends, gain new skills and have fun.

“It really will make a difference to your life and those you are helping.”

Entry to the event is free and there is no need to book.

Ms Badger added: “Please just turn up and come and discover what volunteering can do for you.”

To find out, call the centre on 0118 977 0749 visit wokinghamvolunteercentre.org.uk or email volunteer@wok-vol.org.uk

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Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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