A ONE day fair at The Guildhall this Saturday will bring together a range of local voluntary organisations to give residents and students an opportunity to learn about volunteering in Cambridge, and how they can get involved to help make a real difference to people’s lives.
Volunteer for Cambridge, hosted by Cambridge City Council, in partnership with Cambridge Council of Voluntary Services (CCVS), Cambridge Hub, and sponsored by Ingleton Wood, takes place at the Guildhall in Cambridge from 11am-4pm on Saturday 20 October.
It will feature a marketplace of nearly 90 local charities, organisations and societies, which work to improve communities, society and the environment through volunteering.
People attending will be able to speak directly to these organisations – working in areas including health, disability, social care, young people, education, culture, sport, the environment, anti-poverty and justice – to discover more about what they do and about the volunteering opportunities available with them.
It is the fourth annual fair, following on from the success of previous events which were attended by almost 600 people in 2015 and nearly 900 local residents and students in 2016 and 2017.
This year there will be nearly 30 new organisations and groups taking part. Half of the organisations taking part will also have youth and young people volunteering opportunities, starting from age 13.
There will be a vast choice of different volunteering opportunities available, such as becoming a special constable, bike mechanic, driver, gardener, social media support, youth leader and much more.
Entrance is free and residents and students can just drop in, but if they register to attend in advance via Eventbrite they will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Corn Exchange voucher.
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: ‘‘This event is always really popular - a sign of how popular volunteering is with all ages in Cambridge.
“Volunteer for Cambridge is a fantastic event. I'd encourage anyone interested in putting something back into our local community to come along. There are so many opportunities being showcased, that there is bound to be something for everyone.
“Whether you want to give something back to the community and/or develop your skills, I'm sure you'll find something that suits you.”
“And even if you've come along before, do come back this year - over 30 of our 90 exhibitors are here for the first time.”
For more information about the event and the organisations taking part in Volunteer for Cambridge 2018 see https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/volunteer-for-cambridge