Volunteers’ Week was from 1st to 7th June, a time to thank volunteers for all their hard work. But the work goes on, so HIP is spotlighting Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) as the hub of ‘voluntary action’ in Hastings.

As they say on their website in answer to the question Why Volunteer? “As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences and boost your confidence.” [See also OPIONION: Flat Pack Democracy here].

Some of HVA’s valued volunteers: Left to right: Christine Parry, volunteer with St Michaels Hospice, James Johnson, volunteer with HVA, Tanya Reid, volunteer with Greener Futures

And where better to find opportunities for volunteering than in their weekly newsletter. The newsletter is divided into clear sections, Issue 199 starting with their celebration of local volunteers from organisations across the town as part of Volunteers’ Week 2021 – working with a local photographer to capture their portraits of volunteers. These were uploaded to their website at the beginning of June.

HIP’s volunteering pick from the newsletter is with Hastings and St Leonards Credit Union. They are looking for a volunteer to give a few hours each month to help keep their new website up to date working either at home or in their office in Hastings town centre. Candidates will need to be confident using WordPress. Apply using the form on their website at www.hrcu.org.uk/vacancies. For more information drop an email to [email protected] or call office on 01424 202651 Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

The newsletter also has informative sections on Funding, Training, Information and Advice, and Jobs. To sign up, go to hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk/content/sign-our-newsletter

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