Lichfield and Burntwood groups to benefit from council volunteering scheme

County Councillor Ben Adams with council staff Nicola Sawyer, Daphne Sharp and Janet Markwell to launch the new scheme

County Councillor Ben Adams with council staff Nicola Sawyer, Daphne Sharp and Janet Markwell to launch the new scheme

Organisations across Lichfield and Burntwood will be given an extra helping hand thanks to a new Staffordshire County Council employee scheme.

The new volunteering scheme gives staff the opportunity to volunteer for two and a half unpaid days a year at the organisation of their choice.

The scheme is being launched in time for national Make a Difference Week, and is expected to give organisations across the county hundreds of hours of extra manpower.

Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet member for Communities and Culture, said that the new scheme will make a huge difference. He added:

“The county council is whole-heartedly committed to encouraging volunteering in our local community. Our staff make a difference to Staffordshire everyday by working for the county council, but this scheme will give them the opportunity to do even more.

“We know that the main reason people don’t volunteer is lack of time. By giving our staff some time back, we know that more people will soon be working in more organisations and making a real difference.  We’re the biggest employer in Staffordshire, so we’ll make a huge impact.”

Anyone interested in volunteering, whether to volunteer themselves or to investigate registering for volunteer help, can contact Volunteer Centre Lichfield & District on 01543 303030 or email philipmantom@ldcvs.org.uk.

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