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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

New recruits welcomed at first Volunteer Fair

Over 300 people found out about how they could make a real difference in the New Forest at the first New Forest Volunteer Fair.

Around 30 organisations held stalls and demonstrations at the event organised by the New Forest National Park Authority at Lyndhurst Community Centre on Saturday (5 March).

Kirsty Watts, of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance explains volunteering
opportunities to visitor Marian Elliott, from Eling, at the New Forest Volunteer Fair.

Groups ranging from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, to the New Forest Association, Furzey Gardens and Scouting turned out to show how volunteers can get involved in their work.

People came from around the New Forest and from towns further afield such as Southampton, Romsey and Salisbury, with many saying they wanted to try new skills, meet new people, improve their fitness and give something back to the community.

Organiser Jim Mitchell, Interpretation Officer at the National Park, said: ‘We were delighted at the turnout and the enthusiasm of people to get involved. As well as attracting more volunteers, the groups told us it was a great way to network with like-minded organisations and they really welcomed the chance to showcase their work.’

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