VIEW FROM THE HOUSE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE first week in June saw the Volunteers Week, run by the Na­tional Coun­cil for Vol­un­tary Or­gan­i­sa­tions, tak­ing place. Any­one who had their ap­petite whet­ted to find ways of vol­un­teer­ing lo­cally will have the op­por­tu­nity to visit the Bea­cons­field Now! event on Satur­day, June 18. The Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety has taken the lead in or­gan­is­ing this event for more than two decades. It is aimed at all age groups and with volunteers pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment as well as re­fresh­ments, it proves that vol­un­teer­ing is for ev­ery­one. All of the not-for-profit and char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions gath­ered together make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence to our com­mu­nity.

This year there will be a cou­ple of changes as a re­sult of the ques­tion­naire which vis­i­tors kindly com­pleted when they came along last year. The event is go­ing to start at 11am, rather than 10am and as ever it is held on the Town Green, out­side the Town Hall.

The other change is the pro­vi­sion of a cen­tral mar­quee for most of the stands. Younger peo­ple may be un­sure about what skills they have to of­fer as a vol­un­teer. How­ever, vol­un­teer­ing in it­self can help them de­velop skills.

At 16 years old, this sum­mer, young peo­ple will be tak­ing part in the Na­tional Cit­i­zens Ser­vice scheme. They’ve been busy learn­ing in the class­room, but they will be joining more than 200,000 young peo­ple who have had the chance to take part and build their con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills (nc­syes.co.uk). Those skills are then de­ployed as they work on lo­cal com­mu­nity projects. What th­ese young peo­ple learn as volunteers will ul­ti­mately help them in their cho­sen ca­reers.

One vol­un­teer writ­ing on the NCVO web­site added that vol­un­teer­ing can help young peo­ple to ex­plore ar­eas in par­al­lel to the job they are do­ing, with this in it­self opening doors for them.

I hope vis­i­tors to the Bea­cons­field Now! event will be in­spired to help im­prove the lives of other peo­ple in South Buck­ing­hamshire.

DO­MINIC GRIEVE MP for Bea­cons­field

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