Friday, 21 September 2018

Charities and community groups stage volunteer fair

CHARITIES and community groups appealed for support at a volunteer fair in Henley.

CHARITIES and community groups appealed for support at a volunteer fair in Henley.

Ten organisations, including the Royal British Legion, Chiltern Centre for disabled children and Henley Lions, had stalls in Market Place on Saturday.

A similar event was held in April.

Members of the Henley branch of the Royal British Legion collected £73 for the Poppy Appeal. They displayed items, including memorial crosses, a poppy to put on a car and books about the Legion. Standard bearer Brian Hughes said: “We wanted to get people to volunteer to help out and there was a fair amount of interest.”

Robert Aitken, a first aid community responder for South Central Ambulance Service, was trying to recruit volunteers.

Mr Aitken said: “We currently have no volunteers who live in Henley and the service is provided by people from outlying villages.

“We had a good conversation with the Mayor, who was keen on the concept and suggested we meet over the next few weeks and try to work out how to generate interest.”

The event was organised by the Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action group.

Development worker David Bates said: “It’s a great opportunity for people to find out about what they can do to help and also to link groups together. Henley has a great volunteering ethos in our experience.”

The Mayor said: “We had a whole range of organisations represented and they were all things that people could get involved in, whether it was spending time in the countryside or cleaning up areas in the town.

“The important thing is that if people are interested in joining these organisations then they should contact the town hall and we will put them in touch.”

The other groups represented included Henley in Transition, Remap, Sonning Common Green Gym, the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and Riverside Counselling Service.

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