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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Volunteer ‘speed dating’ hailed a success

ORGANISATIONS had the chance to court potential volunteers at a speed networking event.

Groups including Millom Citizens Advice Bureau, Friends of Millom Ironworks Nature Reserve and the World Owl Trust came together at the speed dating-style event at Millom Network Centre.

Volunteers were given seven minutes to find out all they could about their potential partners before a buzzer sounded, signalling a move to the next table.

Paul Stewart, Millom Network Centre manager, said the format proved a big success with organisations and volunteers.

Mr Stewart said: “There was a lot of organisations looking for volunteers and about 12 people came along looking to volunteer. It was something we’ve never done before and it worked really well.

“We’re trying to develop a culture of volunteering, which can lead to work experience and a feeling of worthwhile.

“We hope we do our best here on a regular basis, with Cumbria CVS.

“Having it in this format helped increase the conversation and networking, getting people to talk to each other. It helps break down the boundaries.

“It’s something we might try again.”

Carol Pugh, the education and training co-ordinator at the centre, hosted a table at the January 26 event.

She said: “From an organisation point of view it was a good opportunity to meet with volunteers and arrange further appointments with them.

“We found the format was ideal and that people enjoyed it as well.

“It was also good for the volunteers to see other like-minded people wanting to volunteer.”

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