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North Liverpool residents join National Volunteer Celebrations

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Didi Messerli, Community Regeneration Assistant at Cobalt Housing with Cobalt Housing tenant and ‘digital champion’ Lindsey Hughes. Didi Messerli, Community Regeneration Assistant at Cobalt Housing with Cobalt Housing tenant and ‘digital champion’ Lindsey Hughes.

RESIDENTS from North Liverpool have this week been urged to find out about voluntary opportunities in the area.

As part of National Volunteers’ Week 2014, social landlord Cobalt Housing invited local organisations and charities to showcase the range of opportunities available and offer advice to residents interested in becoming a volunteer.

Throughout the week, the work of volunteers who selflessly give up their free time to help others was also celebrated.

Resident Lindsey Hughes, is one of those volunteers – she was trained up by Cobalt Housing to become a ‘digital champion’ and now helps others get more confidence using computers and accessing online services.

Lindsey, 38, from Dencourt Road, Norris Green said: “It is extremely rewarding to play a small part in helping others to get online and to give something back to the community.

Lindsey was inspired to take up volunteering after she was made redundant last year.

Lindsey added, “Volunteering is one of the best things I’ve done. It is a great way for me to get out of the house and meet new people. 

“I have found that it has opened up doors for me – I have learned new computer skills which has improved my CV and it has even given me the confidence to go for paid job opportunities.

“I would urge other people to consider taking up a voluntary role - the range of opportunities is so diverse - you can choose how much time you dedicate to it and no matter what your age or experience, there is something out there for everyone.”

Local organisations, including Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust and Volunteer Centre Liverpool were also invited to speak to residents of Cobalt Housing to raise awareness of voluntary opportunities available in North Liverpool. 

Christine Peach, Community Fundraising Manager at Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust, said: “It was a pleasure to work with Cobalt Housing during National Volunteers Week.

“Volunteers are integral to our organisation and we are delighted to be involved in campaigns that encourage new volunteers.”

Meanwhile, staff from Cobalt Housing volunteered their time on Friday to help out at Woodlands Hospice, brightening up their outdoor area and adding a splash of colour to the fences surrounding the hospice.

Rachel Wright, Cobalt Housing Regeneration Manager added, “I am thrilled that Cobalt Housing has taken part in National Volunteers’ Week. This campaign is a great way for us to celebrate the great work being done by our volunteers across North Liverpool and show just how rewarding it can be.

“We hope that we have inspired residents who previously haven’t considered volunteering, to give up their time to help local organisations and charities.”

To find out more about voluntary opportunities in North Liverpool, please contact Cobalt Housing on 0330 303 2222.

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