Join Purple Pledge Campaign to support sufferers of epilepsy

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The Volunteer Centre, Milton Keynes provides an essential service to local not for profit organisations in recruiting volunteers.

This week it is focusing on the UK’s leading children’s epilepsy charity The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy (NCYPE).

THE National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy (NCYPE) seeks to create better futures for young people who suffer from severe epilepsy and associated neurological conditions.

It cares for young people and children helping with diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy needs your support to help change lives and create better futures for over 60,000 young people with epilepsy.  The NCYPE is currently raising awareness of its brand new campaign, ‘My Purple Pledge’ within the Milton Keynes area and asking local people to get involved and help children who live with severe epilepsy.

The NCYPE’s ‘My Purple Pledge’ campaign runs from March to May and during this time it celebrates Purple Day on Saturday, March 26, and National Epilepsy Week May 15-22 to help raise awareness about epilepsy.

There are many ways in which you can get involved in this exciting campaign to show your support for children and young people living with epilepsy. They are encouraging the local community to help raise funds for the NCYPE by organising fundraising activities, for example why not pledge to organise a ‘Purple Day’ within your office or ask your local school to organise a fundraising event?

Carry out a sponsored walk or simply lie in a bath of blackcurrant squash! The aim is to spread awareness and to raise as much money as possible for a really important cause.

Visit www.mypurplepledge.com today and pledge your support! Once they have received your pledge they will send you a free fundraising pack with some fantastic ideas to help you think of your perfect fundraising activity!

The NCYPE are looking for volunteers within the Milton Keynes area to help form a fundraising group – if you would like to have fun and raise funds for this amazing children’s charity then the following opportunity may be of interest.

> Local Event Organiser

Interested in fundraising? Want to have fun and help a worthy cause?

Then the NCYPE would like to hear from you! The NCYPE is new to the Milton Keynes area and is looking for people to help raise awareness of its charity and help organise fundraising activities. This can be individually or part of a team!

Raising funds and awareness for the charity is really important but so is ensuring volunteers are having fun and enjoying their volunteering experience.

Working alongside the volunteering manager you will be supported every step of the way with a full induction programme, regular meetings with your staff contact and full support in terms of event management and fundraising activity.

They can also provide you with all the necessary materials to help you!

As a Local Event Organiser you will be required to give a few hours of your time a month but this can be flexible to fit in with your other commitments.

No previous experience is necessary although good verbal/written communication skills, general people skills and the ability to have fun and motivate others would be beneficial.

>Interested? Then register your details by calling 01908 662744. Alternatively to find out more about other voluntary roles within Milton Keynes you can arrange an appointment for an advice session or attend one of the outreach centres listed below:

> The Volunteer Centre provides expert support for local volunteer managers, running four events each year and delivering advice and guidance to around 200 local groups.

> If you run a voluntary organisation and need support or would like to involve volunteers in an activity contact membership support officer Karen Percy on 01908 662744.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer in Milton Keynes then come along to one of the following outreach centres where you can have a chat with an experienced advisor or ring us on the above number to arrange an advice session.

> Wolverton, Town Hall, Creed Street, Tuesday 10am-noon

> Netherfield, Woughton Parish Council, Farthing Grove, Wednesday 10am-noon

> Olney, Library, Olney Centre, High Street, Thursday 10am-noon

> Central Milton Keynes, Acorn House, Midsummer Boulevard, Thursday 10am-noon

> Bletchley, Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council, Queensway, Friday noon-2pm