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One of the things that impresses me about people in West Norfolk, is how much they care about their community.

In my role as the West Norfolk locality manager for Community Action Norfolk (CAN), I have seen so many examples of residents making time in their busy lives to help others, either through volunteering at a club or in their local area or with local charities and voluntary organisations.

Volunteers’ week has just taken place (June 1-7) and this celebrated the role of volunteers in the UK, highlighting their value for our communities. West Norfolk voluntary sector colleagues often describe how their volunteers are key to making a difference to people’s lives and how these volunteers get such a sense of satisfaction and purpose from their volunteering roles.

Community Action Norfolk: WN Volunteering event.
Community Action Norfolk: WN Volunteering event.

As the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) puts it “It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences and boost your confidence.”

So, there you have it, helping others makes you feel good as well as making things better for other people!

CAN have organised, with the support of the borough council, an event to showcase the different volunteering opportunities available at the moment in West Norfolk and King’s Lynn. The West Norfolk Volunteering Marketplace event is taking place on Thursday, July 14 from 2pm until 6pm at Lynnsport in Lynn in the ‘dance floor’ area.

King's Lynn Samaritans volunteer walk a marathon for the Samarathon effort. Picture: SUBMITTED
King's Lynn Samaritans volunteer walk a marathon for the Samarathon effort. Picture: SUBMITTED

We have over 25 local voluntary and community organisations who will be there with ‘stalls’ providing information about the many exciting and interesting roles available.

These include West Norfolk Community Transport, West Norfolk Befriending, King’s Lynn Samaritans, the YMCA, Norfolk & Waveney Mind, West Norfolk Deaf Association, Creative Arts East, The Magpie Centre and many more.

The West Norfolk Deaf Association inspired by Strictly Come Dancing are offering dance lessons. Pictured in front left Maxine Sinclair (sign language interpreter), Val Kershaw (dance instructor).with pupils at Greyfriars Academy King's Lynn. MLNF-22MF1013
The West Norfolk Deaf Association inspired by Strictly Come Dancing are offering dance lessons. Pictured in front left Maxine Sinclair (sign language interpreter), Val Kershaw (dance instructor).with pupils at Greyfriars Academy King's Lynn. MLNF-22MF1013

Anyone who is interested in volunteering but is not sure what they would like to do, can just pop along, browse the stalls and chat with organisations to find out if there is a role that is right for them.

So if you are thinking about doing something to ‘give back’ in your local area or if you want to develop your skills and experience in working with people, come along to see us on July 14 and explore the wonderful world of volunteering in West Norfolk.

Jackie Cushing – locality manager for the West, Community Action Norfolk (CAN)



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