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Volunteers are in demand. They could be you!

Right now charities have never been more important to communities up and down the country. Especially if, like us at Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell, they’re helping local people get through the cost of living crisis. Volunteering opportunities now

Unfortunately however most are also finding it harder to recruit and retain volunteers. It seems a lot of people have stopped volunteering to look for paid work to manage the crisis themselves.

That was a key message at the intriguingly named Charity Mash-Up organised last week by Surrey Community Action.

Louise Curd

Louise Curd, our Fundraising Manager, who attended the event said:

“There were some interesting observations from speakers* about the position of charities during and after the pandemic. Many had responded brilliantly, for instance by going digital which made them more efficient and fit for the future. But the latest cost crisis was making things more difficult. With money tight, donations have slowed and fewer people are finding time to help as volunteers.

Organised the Mash

“One recommendation for charities in future was to be flexible to suit their volunteers. An example might be working from home if the role allows and we can usually arrange that. We are very keen to hear from potential volunteers at the moment and have several different opportunities. Find out more here.

NOTE. Charities Fair

The Charities Fair organised by Chris Grayling MP will now take place on Friday 21st October at the Dell Centre, St Giles Church, Park Lane, Ashtead. More than 20 charities will be there, and there will be a wide range of volunteering opportunities. The fair was due to take place last month but postponed because of the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

* Speakers included Tim Oliver (Surrey County Council), Sarah Vibert (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) and Paul Streets (Lloyds Bank Foundation). 

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