People in Northamptonshire are being asked to volunteer their professional skills to boost charities, local community groups and clubs as part of Make a Difference Day on October 27.
Local organisations like playgroups needing advice on how to recruit volunteers safely, local clubs wanting advice on refurbishing their buildings, and hospices looking for help with their websites are just some of the beneficiaries of CSV Make a Difference Day.
The day, which was supported by a number of organisations in Northamptonshire last year, is supported by Channel 4 news broadcaster, Jon Snow, and music producer, Pete Waterman, as well as small local groups across the country and major charities, including Barnardo’s, Sue Ryder Care, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Action on Hearing Loss, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.
Mr Waterman said: “I am urging the nation to share their professional skills and passions to support local charities, community groups and clubs.
“I volunteer across the nation supporting community groups and young people who are interested in my passions such as music, railways and trains.
“I know first hand the difference it makes to their lives.”
Is Szoneberg, head of volunteering, said: “CSV Make a Difference Day is the chance for people to try out volunteering for the first time and make a difference in their community.
“We believe that everyone can make a difference – from people knitting toys for sick children in hospital to a group of local people getting together to clear up waste ground.
“With local groups and charities struggling through the recession this year we’re particularly looking for people with professionals skills to help out.”
This year, CSV Make a Difference Day offers free “How-to” guides for tips on how to give time to local groups including how to be a professional volunteer.
Simon Tiller, campaign manager for CSV Make a Difference Day, said: “Donating your time, skills and passion can help boost local community groups and charities during these hard times.
“CSV Make a Difference Day has never been so important.
“People are constantly learning new skills and hobbies throughout their lives – and as voluntary and community organisations come under increasing pressure, these skills and passions have never been more in demand.
“Giving time and energy to a local charity or community group can be a hugely empowering and inspiring. It’s also lots of fun.”
This year’s CSV Make a Difference Day, the UK’s biggest single day of volunteering, is on Saturday, October 27, with events taking place from October 20 to November 3.
Each year 70,000 people take part in the campaign to benefit the community.
Project organisers can register their event on the CSV Make a Difference Day website to encourage more people to attend and claim their free Action Pack, which includes certificates, stickers, t-shirts, how-to guides, and a handbook which contains advice, case studies, hints and tips to help plan and carry out an activity.
To find out more visit www.csv.org.uk/difference, call 0800 284533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.