Posted: October 10, 2019

On behalf of the HBBC/VCS Partnership, we would like to give a big thank you to all who took part in the Making a Difference Volunteers Fair which took place on Tuesday 8th October 2019 at the Concordia Theatre. 

Due to the continuing commitment to the VCS Partnership, feedback from the event shows it was a great success with many organisations and groups connecting with potential volunteers as well as taking the opportunity to network with fellow VCS colleagues. 

The event was facilitated by the HBBC/VCS Partnership lead agency, Next Generation on behalf of the local authority and in response to a direct request from our VCS Forum organisations. 

Twenty seven VCS organisations were present to talk about the important and rewarding work delivered by the many hundreds of volunteers across the Borough. 

Whilst HBBC has continued to ring fence funding on an annual basis, (currently £70k per annum) to support the delivery of grass roots projects delivered by the VCS, fundamentally the sector is reliant on volunteers to bring their skills, knowledge and expertise to support and enable the delivery of this essential work. 

Therefore this tremendously well supported event provided the ideal opportunity for VCS organisations to showcase their work, network with fellow VCS colleagues, as well as recruit new volunteers. 

The event was officially opened by HBBC executive member, Councillor Martin Cartwright along with guest speaker Andrea Belle (Hinckley and Rugby Building Society), Head of Branches, Angencies and Savings who spoke about the society's ambition to support the Borough's Voluntary and Community Sector. Shani Smith, Chief Officer of Next Generation also spoke about volunteering commenting about her visits to VCS projects and how much of this work would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of volunteers. Volunteers often have a small amount of time, however they all have big hearts which makes and incredible difference to our local community. 

Anna Barrow from Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL) also ran a very informative training session on 'Managing Volunteers' prior to the event opening to the public, which was very well received. 

During the event, Edwina Grant VCS Lead Officer for HBBC and Councillor Martin Cartwright took the opportunity to speak to all of the organisations present on the day, along with hearing first hand experiences from existing volunteers.  

We look forward to continuing our work with all involved and once again thank everyone for a successful event. 

For future VCS Partnership Forums and Events, please check the events page.

Through the VCS Partnership we have launched our Volunteering Hub for those wanting to find out more about volunteering opportunities within the Borough. If you are a VCS organisation seeking volunteers and wish to share your opportunities for prospective volunteers visiting the Volunteers Hub, please email: or call Next Generation on 01455 632984. 


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