Groups set out their stalls for volunteers

By Richard Wright

Monday, January 13, 2014

 

VOLUNTEERING — whether it be to use spare time to help a good cause or as an introduction to paid employment — is the subject of the first fair of its kind to be held at Ventnor Botanic Garden.

The volunteer fair, similar to a recruitment or freshers’ fair, is being held for people to find out about a range of volunteering opportunities on the Island.

More than 20 groups, charities and organisations that carry out work in many different areas will be at the fair to provide information and advice.

The groups will include the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, RNLI, Ventnor Arts and Cowes Rotary Club.

There will be lots of additional information and material available to take away from many other groups, charities and organisations not there on the day.

Organisers said the fair was aimed at everyone and anyone, regardless of age, background, ability and experience.

Director of Ventnor Botanic Garden Community Interest Company, John Curtis, said: "Being part of the community is vital to what we are trying to do here and this fair is an opportunity for us to help in a way.

"We already have a loyal group of volunteers at the garden who help us out every Wednesday morning and we want to show off the great work they do and promote all the benefits volunteering can have for the both the individual and the cause."

The fair takes place in the Garden Gallery on Saturday, January 18, from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free and there is no charge for parking.

• For more information, or to take part, contact Kirsten Morris on 01983 855397, option three, or e-mail kirsten.morris@botanic.co.uk

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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