Anyone looking to volunteer in Nottingham can come and talk to the experts at The Lord Mayor of Nottingham’s Volunteer Fair.

Councillor Jackie Morris will be hosting the fair at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service this Thursday (25 February).

Anyone who is interested in volunteering, or would like to find out how they can get involved and help their local community, is invited to come to the fair.

There will be over 25 different organisations represented at the fair, including Emmanuel House, the British Red Cross and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

The fair is part of the Lord Mayor’s Year of Volunteering – her year in office dedicated to recognising the contribution made by Nottingham’s volunteer force.

The Lord Mayor has spent her year in office supporting a range of charities, including the Nottinghamshire Deaf Society and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The year will culminate with a special awards ceremony in April, which will recognise the outstanding achievements of a range of volunteers from the city.

Caroline Berrill, Volunteer Projects Officer at Nottingham CVS says: “We’re really excited to be working with the Lord Mayor to advertise and promote the benefits of volunteering, not just for society, but for individuals too. Volunteering is a fantastic way to give something back, and to make a difference to the lives of some of Nottingham’s most vulnerable people. It’s also a brilliant way to meet people, gain new skills and improve your general wellbeing.”

“The Lord Mayor herself has been volunteering for years – so she knows just how beneficial it is. We’re looking forward to joining her in welcoming as many people as possible to the fair to find out how they can start giving back.”

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris, said: “Many of our local organisations depend on the work of volunteers to help support them and it’s wonderful to bring them all together to showcase their work and gain more support.

“This is a great opportunity for people in our local communities who would like to volunteer, but do not know where to start. Each year, thousands of Nottingham residents take the time out of their busy schedules to volunteer but we need more people.”

The fair is being organised jointly by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Community and Voluntary service (NCVS). It is linked to the Looking After Each Other programme, which is about bringing people and communities across Nottingham together. Looking After Each Other is led in partnership by Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and NCVS.

As a culmination of the Lord Mayor’s Year of Volunteering, Councillor Morris will hold her Volunteers Awards in April. The nominations are in and people have put forward their local unsung heroes, the winners will be honoured at an awards event on 8 April.

 The Lord Mayor of Nottingham’s Volunteer Fair will take place on Thursday 25 February 11am – 3pm at Nottingham CVS, The Nottingham Voluntary Action Centre, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB.

The organisations being represented at the fair are:

  • Muslim Hands
  • Self Help Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Childline
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • Women’s Centre
  • Age UK Nottingham
  • Healthwatch Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Autism East Midlands
  • Alzhiemer’s Society
  • The Send Project/Supporting Sneinton
  • Literacy Volunteers
  • Loughborough Sport Development Office
  • Emmanuel House
  • Nottinghamshire Chinese Welfare Association
  • Disabilities Living Centre
  • Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
  • British Red Cross (Fire and Emergency)
  • Studio House
  • MHA
  • Treetops Hospice
  • Code Club
  • Rainbows
  • Family Care
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Nottingham CVS
  • STAA Ltd
  • SKN Heritage Museum
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
  • Refugee Nottingham