The Volunteer Centre understands just how vital volunteers are to ensuring local organisations not only run smoothly but also continue to provide vitally important services across the New Forest.
Whilst organisations do a fantastic job of recognising the contributions of their volunteers, the organisations themselves are not often recognised and thanked.
With the help of a local company, South Coast Events, the Volunteer Centre was proud to host a wonderful celebration event specifically for Volunteer Involving Organisations.
Over 25 local charities and organisations, including Councillor Diane Andrews from New Forest District Council, attended the event at Brockenhurst Village Hall on 14 September.
The Volunteer Centre Coordinator, Lorraine Lambert, gave a lively talk on recruiting and retaining volunteers, reducing barriers to volunteering and supporting those with additional needs.
Positive stories of working with volunteers were shared, including the many ways in which they can be supported and thanked.
At the event, the Volunteer Centre’s new online matching system, Volunteer Plus, was launched.
Available through Community First’s website at www.cfnf.org.uk/volunteering, this site supports nearly 200 local charities to advertise over 300 volunteering roles.
It can be accessed by anyone and both organisations and volunteers can create their own personal accounts, applying for or advertising roles online.
The event was rounded off in style with an afternoon tea with some rather special cakes kindly donated by Sadie Smith.
Yvonne Hobbs, the Stroke Association, said: “A sincere, thank you for arranging the event at Brockenhurst Village Hall.
It was lovely to hear about other services and to be able to speak with many of them.
I found the volunteer recruitment examples and your top tips very helpful, the tea/coffee and cakes were fabulous too”.
For more information about becoming a volunteer or recruiting for your charity contact the Volunteer Centre on 01425 482773 or visit www.cfnf.org.uk/volunteering.
For more information about South Coast Events and its motivations for volunteering, visit http://southcoastevents.co.uk/events/charity-event/volunteer-event-giving-back/