King’s Lynn pop-up day provides perfect opportunity for volunteers

Pop-up volunteer hub at Vancouver Quarter, Lynn 
left to right Michelle Turner and Tony Smith ANL-160106-155743009
Pop-up volunteer hub at Vancouver Quarter, Lynn left to right Michelle Turner and Tony Smith ANL-160106-155743009

More than 20 West Norfolk charities were represented at a pop-up volunteer event in Lynn on Wednesday.

The day, which was organised by Voluntary Norfolk and members of Lynn’s Heritage Forum including the Churches Conservation Trust, the town’s museums, Stories of Lynn and the library, coincided with Volunteers’ Week.

A steady flow of people came through the doors at the unit in Lynn’s Vancouver Quarter.

Michelle Turner, from Voluntary Norfolk, said: “We’ve had all sorts of ages and lots of people wanting to do volunteer work for different reasons.

“We had quite a few people who are generally interested in volunteering, but wasn’t sure what they wanted to do.

“It was the perfect chance for them to come in and look at all the different charities and organisations that cover Lynn and West Norfolk.

“There are lots of people out there who don’t realise how much is out there or how many charities are looking for volunteer support.”

Jim Evans, a representative of Friends of Plantation Wood, said: “We would like more volunteer members who we can readily go to when we organise something.

“We’ve got about five people who help out and the organisation has been going for about eight or nine years.

“I do it because I like to see the wood clean for other people to enjoy. It also discourages people to dump or leave rubbish and makes the wood nice for children to play in.

“During our last big clean up in the wood, around 20 people, many of whom were children, came along and we cleared about two-and-a-half tonnes of stuff in a few hours.”

Retired plant hire worker Kerron Able, who shows visitors around the Red Mount and the South Gate, said: “I was at the Heritage Forum meeting and volunteered to come to help set this up today.

“I’ve been helping out at the Red Mount and South Gate for about five years now. It’s a two-way thing. It’s about what you put into it and what you get out of it.

“You meet lots of nice people, it gets you out of the house and you do make lots of friends from it.”

Anyone who wasn’t able to make the pop-up hub and who would like to volunteer should visit: www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/opportunities