volunteerfairVentnor Botanic Garden is delighted to announce it shall be hosting its very first Volunteer Fair on Saturday 18th January 2014.

Similar in nature to that of a Recruitment or Fresher’s Fair, people who come along will be able to find out about a whole range of volunteering opportunities currently available in their local area, with no pressure or obligation.

Around 20 local groups, charities and organisations that carry out vital work in many different areas shall be at the Fair, on hand to provide information and advice. There will also be lots of additional information and material available to take away from many other groups, charities and organisations that couldn’t be there on the day.

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The Volunteer Fair is aimed at everyone and anyone, regardless of age, background, ability and experience. So whether you are looking to boost your CV and increase your skills, looking for a new and interesting challenge, searching for a way to spend your spare time or simply looking to make a difference, you will be able to find out information on a whole host of opportunities and learn something new.

John Curtis, Director of Ventnor Botanic Garden Community Company CIC commented:

‘Being part of the local community is vital to what we are trying to do here at the Garden and this Fair is an opportunity for us to help in a way. We already have a loyal group of Volunteers at the Garden who help us out every Wednesday morning and we want to show off the great work they do and promote all the benefits Volunteering can have for the both the individual and the cause.”

Luke Gunner, Volunteer Coordinator at Ventnor Botanic Garden added:

“The VBG Volunteers assist the Garden team and help to keep VBG looking great every day of the year. It’s a huge daily task and we are very grateful for all they do. Our Volunteers come from all different backgrounds and abilities – some know a lot about horticulture and others are complete novices but we all learn and develop together, but most importantly everyone just has a great time.”

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The Volunteer Fair shall be taking place indoors at the Garden Gallery at Ventnor Botanic Garden, running from 11:00 until 16:00 on Saturday 18th January 2014. Entry to the Fair is free and there is no charge for parking. Refreshments will be available to purchase from The Plantation Room Café.

For more information about the Volunteer Fair or to take part, please contact Kirsten at Ventnor Botanic Garden via (01983) 855397, option 3 or [email protected]

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