Representatives of voluntary organisations and businesses came together in Uckfield yesterday to learn about an Expo being held in September to celebrate volunteering.
The event was organised by Uckfield Volunteer Centre which has received funding from The Big Lottery Fund towards running the Expo enabling people to take part free of charge.
The centre hopes to organise more Expos in future years.
It says the community event will be an opportunity for charities and organisations to encourage and attract new volunteers and it hopes businesses will encourage their workforces to volunteer, maybe look at a social responsibility programme or for a volunteering opportunity to suit their company.
Speakers at yesterday’s networking event at Uckfield Civic Centre included Lembit Opik, a BBC Radio presenter, who is a former Liberal Democrat MP and a volunteer himself.
Other speakers were volunteer and Expo organiser Ginny Taylor and another Expo organiser, Sharon Roberts, also a volunteer as a girl guide leader.
Rachel Lewis, chief executive of Engage South East http://www.engagesoutheast.org.uk/ and Noeleen Carpenter of Ditch the Slippers, https://ditchtheslippers.org.uk/activities/ a community group organising activities for older people living in social isolation or who may have mental health difficulties dementia.
Mr Opik urged organisations to get involved in the Expo, and he urged more people to get involved in volunteering. He said that when you help others, in some way you help yourself too. “It’s all about giving of yourself in order to help the community,” he added.
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