Providing volunteering opportunities to help communities thrive

19 December 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council, in partnership with Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA), will run a brand-new Year of Volunteering campaign throughout 2020, aiming to raise the profile of volunteering and increase the number of opportunities across west Cheshire.

Only one in four people volunteer at least once a month and this can be for a number of different reasons, such as work commitments, studies or not knowing what opportunities are right for them.

But volunteering can come in all shapes and sizes to suit each person and the campaign will help to showcase the vast range of opportunities available, with roles advertised through CWVA’s volunteer-matching website.

There will be a different theme each month during the campaign, such as Poverty Action Month in January, Micro Volunteering Month in March, Family Volunteering Month in July and Older Volunteering Month in October.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of the Council, said: “Volunteering is not always necessarily what people think it is as there are many different ways people can help out in their community.

“Coaching at a local sports club, helping out at an allotment as a family, paying an elderly neighbour a visit or traditional work in a charity shop are all different types of volunteering.

“Volunteering can help bring communities together and provide plenty of benefits for the person, such as improving health and wellbeing, helping them learn new skills and make new friends and creating possible employment opportunities in the future.

“This campaign will highlight the fantastic volunteering offer we have across west Cheshire.”

CWVA will be engaging with its members and other organisations across west Cheshire around the Year of Volunteering campaign. If you would like to get involved, email:

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