Charities and community groups got together on Friday to encourage more people to get involved in volunteering in Milton Keynes
The event, the MK Volunteering & Careers Fair organised by the Snowball Effect, was held at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone.
Around 60 people attended to hear listened to talks on Volunteering and Community by the Labour and Co-operative parliamentary candidate Andrew Pakes and the Rev Dr Brenda Mosedale from the church.
The event also saw the launch of the Snowball Effect which is being set up to fund individuals who want to start projects in their community and get paid to take them on full-time for the first year.
Milton Keynes mayor, Councillor Brian White, chaired a pitching event which involved the 11 charities introducing the work they do and the opportunities they have for volunteers.
Andy Evans, 32, who grew up in Stony Stratford is running a pledge to encourage people to commit to volunteering a minimum of four hours per month for the next year with a Milton Keynes charity.
To sign up to the pledge please visit www.pledgebank.com/4hoursamonth. To find out more about the Snowball Effect please go to www.facebook.com/snowball.effect.projects.
Andy, who is the founder of the Snowball Effect, said: “I would like to thank all those who took part in the event and was pleased to hear some very interesting project ideas which he hopes to help develop over the coming months.”
Andrew Pakes, Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, added: “It was great to see such a wide range of community groups and charities taking part in the Snowball Effect launch event.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of MK providing help and bringing vitality to life in the borough. I was really pleased to be invited to speak and share some of my thoughts on volunteering from growing up in MK.”