VIDEO: Volunteering is in the spotlight

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Volunteers from organisations across the borough joined forces to encourage people to help make a difference.


Representatives from a wide range of groups took part in a special roadshow as part of National Volunteers’ Week.

Mairead Pindar and Bev Brindle from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Mairead Pindar and Bev Brindle from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

They visited the Grand Arcade shopping centre in Wigan and the Turnpike Centre in Leigh in a bid to spread the word about volunteering.

Among those involved were members of Wigan And Leigh Carers’ Centre, Imagine Independence, Wigan And Leigh Library Service and Greater Manchester Fire And Rescue Service.

Visitors could speak to people about volunteering, the range of opportunities on offer and how to get involved.

They could find out how volunteering would benefit them, such as by learning new skills and meeting new people, as well as the difference they could make to the organisation and the people they would be supporting.

As volunteers are involved with many different groups around the borough, it was also a chance for people to thank them for the vital contribution they make.

There are 165,801 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers to continue providing services.

Lots of volunteering also takes place in the public and private sector, for example there are around 3m volunteers currently involved in health and care.