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Thursday, 8 March 2012

Fair helps recruit new volunteers

Over 370 people came to find out how they could make a difference in the New Forest at the second annual volunteer.

Left to right – Dr Julian Lewis MP New Forest East, Alison Barnes, Chief Executive of the New Forest Park Authority, John Charlesworth, Manager of Lyndhurst Community Centre and Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority with scouts from the New Forest making bird feeders.

Around 30 organisations held stalls, demonstrations and talks at the event organised by the New Forest National Park Authority at Lyndhurst Community Centre on Saturday (3 March).

Groups ranging from the Forestry Commission to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and the New Forest Centre 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.

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We were delighted at the increased turnout to last year 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.’

Dr Julian Lewis MP for New Forest East who opened the Volunteer Fair said: ‘This was a hugely successful event, enabling a large number of people to make contact with more than 30 organisations that offered a remarkable range of activities in which to participate. No-one need ever be short of something worthwhile to do as a volunteer in the New Forest.’

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