Crowds flock to Wandsworth Volunteering Fair

The 2013 Wandsworth Volunteering Fair proved to be a huge success – with more than 120 prospective volunteers using the event to learn how they could give their time to help others.

Wandsworth’s Civic Suite was buzzing with activity on Thursday 17 October when the fair took place.

Volunteering Wandsworth, which works on behalf of Wandsworth council to help people into volunteering, spent the afternoon offering expert information and advice to visitors, as well as signing up people who asked to be made aware of future volunteering opportunities.

More than 30 charities and organisations were also present recruiting volunteers. Jane Ellison MP for Battersea attended and spoke about how invaluable volunteers are and the difference their contribution makes to the community. Richard Tracey, London Assembly Member for Merton and Wandsworth, presented certificates of recognition to volunteers in recognition of their contribution to the voluntary sector.

Wandsworth Council’s deputy leader Councillor Jonathan Cook, who welcomed everyone to the event, said:

“The fair was a fantastic success and just goes to show how community-minded our residents are.

“As well as helping others, volunteering can also play an important role in an individual’s personal development – enabling them to learn new skills and ways of working.

“For many people volunteering can represent the first step down a new career path, or it can be the starting point for those who are looking to enter, or re-enter, the world of work.”

Volunteering Wandsworth is provided by Groundwork London charity on behalf of Wandsworth Council to inspire and support volunteering across the Borough.

To find out more about local volunteering opportunities click here.