Volunteers hop on a bus to give advice

PUBLISHED: 19:44 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 11 May 2010

MEMBERS of the Royston Volunteer Centre and the Big Red Bus

MEMBERS of the Royston Volunteer Centre and the Big Red Bus

ROYSTON Volunteer Centre hopes the arrival of its Big Red Bus will inspire people to get involved in volunteering. The bus stopped in Royston on Wednesday, in the Market Square in the morning and then at the Coombes Community Centre. Centre manager Denise

ROYSTON Volunteer Centre hopes the arrival of its Big Red Bus will inspire people to get involved in volunteering.

The bus stopped in Royston on Wednesday, in the Market Square in the morning and then at the Coombes Community Centre.

Centre manager Denise Graham said: "Last time the bus came we got 72 new volunteering enquiries, of which 30 ended up in placements.

"It's a chance for people to come along and ask questions, and find out what's available."

Volunteering opportunities include working with charities such as Mencap and Cancer Research, as well as organisations such as Shepreth Wildlife Park and the CAB.

"You can do as much or as little as you like really," said Denise.

"Placements can involve just a couple of days' work, collecting money for a charity, or require a longer commitment.

"Some people like to utilise the skills they have acquired through work, while others try something completely different."

A prize draw was running throughout the day, with the winner receiving a £50 voucher to spend at Royston electrical company Heasells.

Denise added that the centre can also provide help for anyone interested in recruiting volunteers.

"A lot of the smaller organisations don't know where to start," she said.

n For more details visit www.roystonvolunteer.org.uk or call 01763 243020

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