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Communities First - It’s National Volunteers’ Week

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  • Published: 24th May 2018
  • Categories: News, Community & Volunteer

It’s National Volunteers’ Week – could you make a difference?

Volunteers are essential to the work of countless charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a difference in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals. In fact 21.6 million (42%) people in the UK volunteer at least once a year.

Hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to mark Volunteers' Week which is from 1st to 7th June. The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

Community First’s Volunteer Service promotes hundreds of opportunities on behalf of charities and community groups and will be holding events in East Hampshire, Havant and Winchester during the week. On Wednesday 6th June it will have a stall in Petersfield Market to showcase the range of local volunteering opportunities on offer. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to encourage people to try volunteering for the first time and help people find out how through volunteering they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about.

Community First’s advisors are also available every Wednesday from 11.00 to 3.00 in Petersfield Library with information on all the opportunities available. For more information contact Community First’s volunteer service, email


Pictured left to right: Rachel Taylor, Julie Eden and Gill Burton from Community First’s Volunteer Service team..... 

  1. Communities First Wessex (known as Community First) provides support and advice to local voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises in order to build their capacity and ensure a thriving and successful voluntary sector across East Hampshire, Fareham, Havant and Winchester. We also provide a one stop shop for all aspects of volunteering; helping recruit and place volunteers throughout our local communities and providing specialist training for voluntary organisations.
  2. Communities First Wessex also delivers critical community services including:

    1. Community Transport and Dial a Ride in East Hampshire, Fareham, Gosport, Havant,

      Winchester and Basingstoke

    2. Shopmobility in Fareham, Havant and Chichester, and Winchester

    3. Health and wellbeing services including surgery signposting with GP surgeries in

      Bordon, Fareham and Waterlooville, a Silver Linings programme for older people at Hewitt’s in Emsworth, Walking 4 Health in Fareham, and a Home Help and a Gardening Service for vulnerable people in Fareham.

    4. Support for Community Buildings and managing agents for Leigh Park Community Centre in Havant

    5. Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling services

    6. Specialist youth work including support for young people's mental health

    7. Work and skills based training and support for unemployed people

  3. Supported volunteering for people with a range of needs including mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, and those with a physical or mild learning disability.
  1. Communities First Wessex employs 116 staff, has more than 80 regular volunteers and has a turnover of £2.6m. Its main sources of income are local authority and government grants and contracts, Big Lottery Fund and a range of charitable trusts.

  2. For further information contact:
    Tim Houghton, Chief Executive, Communities First Wessex 07467 941018 or email

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