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Sutton Council launches volunteering scheme 01.06.10

From mentoring students, supporting the library service, serving school dinners, to painting walls, hundreds of council staff will soon be taking part in a range of activities across the borough.

Sutton Council launches volunteering scheme

Sutton Council has launched a new volunteering programme to mark the start of Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June).

The programme will allow staff from across the council to volunteer for up to two days a year for various projects in the council and in the community.

Cllr Ruth Dombey joined council staff and volunteers from Sutton's Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) for their first assignment – repainting the CAB's interview room in their central office.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader on Sutton Council, said: "This is a great idea; it will give council staff a chance to use their skills to help a range of important causes.

"There are a number of volunteering opportunities in Sutton and schemes like this will let more people take part in them."

Ann Kinahan, Director, Sutton Citizen Advice Bureau, said, "We are so grateful to the volunteer team from the Council for coming in to do this, especially during the school half term week.  Our interview rooms have no windows and are always rather gloomy.  This facelift will be very much appreciated by both our clients and our volunteer advisers."

The CAB has seen a dramatic rise in the number of clients during the recent economic recession and has received more than 5500 requests for help in the period between January and March 2010.

Volunteering opportunities in Sutton include working with the CAB, the Refugee and Migrant Network Sutton and The Volunteer Centre.

Other opportunities include becoming a Young Advisor, taking on a Civic role or simply helping out in a variety of community settings.

Volunteers Week is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to get involved too.

To find out more contact The Volunteer Centre on 020 8661 5900 or visit http://www.vcsutton.org.uk/

Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010

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