Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) are trying to encourage more people to volunteer but have found that people often don’t know what opportunities are available or how to get involved.

To provide more information, HVA are running regular pop-up sessions in Hastings Town Centre, based at Hastings Furniture Service’s pop-up store in Priory Meadow. HVA staff will be on hand to help you find volunteering opportunities that suit your skills, interests and goals. They will be promoting Volunteering Taster Sessions that just need a couple of hours of your time and highlighting volunteering opportunities of the month. 

During October, HVA staff have been in Priory Meadow at the following times: Tuesdays: 2pm-4pm and Wednesdays: 12 noon–2pm and this will continue into November with possible 10am to 2pm sessions thrown in on Saturdays.

Alternatively, you can contact Hastings Voluntary Action on 01424 444010 or visit www.hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk

Matthew Pitts from Hastings Voluntary Action said: “There are hundreds of things people can do to help others in Hastings and the surrounding area. Volunteering can be fun and you can make new friends. You can gain more skills, confidence and experience, and it can be a way for you to give something back to the community – or make a big difference in someone’s life.”

Naomi Ridley from Hastings Furniture Service added: “We’re delighted to host HVA and encourage people to volunteer. Getting involved with local community groups can help you feel more connected to others, boost your skills and confidence, and help if you are looking for work. Good local charities like HFS need a team of dedicated volunteers; when we work together we can make a huge difference.” 

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