Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Thanet’s Gateway Plus holds Volunteering Event

On Friday 7 June Thanet’s Gateway Plus will be holding a volunteering event at Ramsgate Library from 10.00am – 2.00pm to help promote volunteering to local residents.
The event is taking place as part of the National Volunteers’ Week 2013, which takes place from Saturday 1 – Friday 7 June. The Gateway’s event will tie in with the national scheme and help to promote volunteering as a useful skill to learn.
National Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign which celebrates the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK every day; whether it is volunteering at events, hospitals, police, charity shops or even small enterprises.
The Gateway event plans to encourage awareness of volunteering opportunities in your local area. In addition to this is aims to provide essential information on the benefits obtained through volunteering, for example, new skills, self confidence, positive impact on health and well-being, it can even act as a progression route to paid work.
These types of skills can contribute towards long term job planning and can be extremely helpful to people who have been out of work for a long period of time. The Gateway Plus event will be open to members of the public who may be interested in learning more, confirmed partner organisations attending the event include; The Royal School for Deaf Children, The Disability Drop in Centre, Family Mosaic, Kent Supported Employment, RAPT (Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) and the Volunteer Bureau.
Cllr Fenner, Cabinet Member for business, Corporate and Regulatory Services said: “The Gateway Plus event will be a great way for people of all ages who are interested in extending their experience through volunteering, to find out more information and speak with people who often require volunteer based work.
“Volunteering is essential for developing stronger communities, the economic value is so important and some services rely heavily on volunteers, as without them they would not exist. In addition to this, it provides individuals with a great sense of achievement and will not only benefit a CV for work development purposes but also instills confidence.”
For further information on the event, please contact Thanet Gateway Plus on 01843 577000.  

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