Are you going to the West Berkshire Voluntary and Community Sector Knowledge Event?

More than 80 organisations will be coming together next week (Thursday 29th March) to raise awareness of volunteering in the largest-ever event of its kind in West Berkshire.

The event aims both to promote the value of volunteering and highlight the help and support available to residents from community and voluntary sector organisations across the district. It’s a great opportunity for:

  • Anyone supporting a relative or friend that needs help
  • Residents who have moved to the area and want to get to know what is going on in the area
  • Businesses looking to help in the community; and
  • Potential volunteers or members of voluntary groups wanting to work with other groups

Among the 86 groups at the event will be groups providing children’s services, older people’s services, disability services, learning disability services, listening charities, Young Family support, some arts organisations, cancer charities, health services, mental health support, dementia support services, stop smoking help, befriending services, local transport services, local funders and much more.

The event has been organised by the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire in partnership with West Berkshire Council, the Health and Wellbeing Board and Awards for All. It takes place on Thursday 29th March, 2018 between 9.30am and 4.30pm at Newbury Racecourse.

The event will be formally opened by the Chairman of West Berkshire Council, Councillor Quentin Webb, at 11am.

Free return travel is available from Newbury town centre to the event, on local buses 9 and 123.  Hail either these services from Cheap Street (outside the Kennet Centre) and travel to the Rondetto Avenue stop at Newbury Racecourse.

Speaking ahead of the event Gary Poulson, Director at the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire said:

“In West Berkshire we have a thriving voluntary and community sector making a real difference in communities across the district. Through this event we want to raise awareness of the help and support all these groups are providing so that they can work more closely together and become an even more effective network of support for local people.

“This will be one of the largest volunteering events in the south of England in recent years with plenty of help and support on offer. I look forward to seeing everyone at the event next week.”

West Berkshire Council is among the organisations supporting the event. Chief Executive Nick Carter, from West Berkshire Council, added:

“At the council we benefit directly from the energy, enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers in our libraries, supporting our countryside team and in many other different ways. We also recognise the value of the support of voluntary groups in supporting our residents so they don’t need to rely on council services. The work they do is very worthwhile and so we have been very happy to support this event and the voluntary sector in the district.”

To find out more about the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire visit www.volunteerwestberks.org.uk