Charity helps us to make a change in 2016

David Fannin, LCVS chief executive.
David Fannin, LCVS chief executive.

If you plan to make a change, be better, do better and be happier in 2016 then a Boston-based charity could help.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS), is running a series of free outreach events in the new year to support local communities and help individuals get into volunteering.

Siobhan Bernadin, of Boston Fybromyalgia Support Group, and an LCVS health trainer

Siobhan Bernadin, of Boston Fybromyalgia Support Group, and an LCVS health trainer

The outreach events will take place in Kirton, Old Leake and at St Botolph’s Church.

David Fannin, LCVS chief executive, said: “LCVS works to support community groups to reach their goals, provides free, one-to-one health support to individuals and helps people find volunteering opportunities.

“Our entire ethos is about being at the heart of our communities, helping groups and individuals to make a difference to themselves and others.

“Individuals can widen their social circle, learn a new skill, improve their employment prospects, rediscover an old hobby or just enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference.”

Boston Woods Trust and the Butterfly Hospice Trust are just two of the organisations that LCVS helped to recruit volunteers. Boston Fybromyalgia Support Group was one of those established with LCVS support.

Marie Chapman, LCVS senior volunteering and community development officer, said: “Volunteering has so many benefits, not only for organisations, the many community groups and charities who need volunteers to function, but also for individuals.”

Representatives of community groups can come along to the outreach sessions to get tailored support for projects, from helping to source funds and writing funding bids to information about setting up groups and making sure the right policies and procedures are in place.

In addition, DBS checks (formerly CRB) can be organised at LCVS Locals.

LCVS community development officers also help groups get established and ensure they meet their responsibilities. Aswell as supporting people wanting to get into volunteering and helping community groups, LCVS’s health trainers have had a productive year, seeing 320 people in Boston on a personal health plan.

The free outreach events will take place on:

·Monday, 18 January, 10am to midday at New Life Community Church, The Junction, Wash Road, Kirton, PE20 1QJ, continuing every third Monday of the month.

·Tuesday, 19 January, 10am to midday, Old Leake Community Centre, Furlongs Lane, Old Leake, PE22 9NX, continuing every third Tuesday of the month.

·Thursday, 25 February, 10am to midday at The Stump Cafe, St Botolph’s Church, Market Place, Boston, continuing every fourth Thursday of the month.

LCVS advises booking an appointment in advance of the events. Contact LCVS volunteering officer Jo Herbert to book. Email: joanne.h@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or call Jo on 01205 510888 ext 209.