06 January 2016

People in Northamptonshire are being encouraged to boost their wellbeing by giving their time as a volunteer.

Next week (11 January to 17 January) sees the first of a series of Get Involved Weeks, run by Northamptonshire County Council and aimed at promoting the wide range of volunteering opportunities on offer in the Northampton area.

Give your time

There are a variety of ways people can give their time, from listening to children read at their local school to helping to repair unwanted bicycles donated to charity to be resold.

The Get Involved Hub, the county council’s online volunteering portal, brings together all of these opportunities to make it easy for people to find out how they can help their local community.

The volunteer opportunities currently available in Northampton are:

  • Arts and crafts volunteers at local libraries
  • IT and local history buddies
  • Road traffic collision support volunteers
  • Mentors for a family mediation charity
  • Home help for the British Red Cross
  • Countryside volunteers at local country parks

'Incredibly rewarding'

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding – it offers the opportunity to learn a new skill, meet new people and give something back to their local community.

“There are a wide variety of volunteer roles available to suit all interests and skills, so I would encourage people in the Northampton area to take advantage of the Get Involved Week to find out more about the opportunities on offer.”

Throughout Get Involved Week, people will be able to find out more about volunteering by visiting their local library. Some libraries will also be holding taster sessions where prospective volunteers can try a role before signing up.

Further Get Involved Weeks aimed at promoting volunteering opportunities roles in other part of the county will be held throughout the year.

Find out more

To find out more about volunteering in Northamptonshire, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/getinvolved.