Press Release 3rd August 2017

Give Volunteering a go and you too could be a Local Hero!

Tandridge Voluntary Service Council (TVSC) is proud to announce the launch of the ‘Local Heroes Awards’ which will be featured at the inaugural Tandridge Volunteers’ Fair on Saturday 9th September 2017, 10.30 to 2.30pm, Oxted Community Hall, Church Lane, Oxted, RH8 9NB.

The Volunteers’ Fair is set to become an annual event to provide the opportunity for anyone who is considering volunteer work to come and see how they could make a real difference in their community by meeting local voluntary organisations and discussing the options available.

The variety and scope of voluntary work available is enormous so there really is something to suit everyone. Volunteering is a truly rewarding experience which greatly benefits our community but can also benefit the volunteer in many ways including helping to build confidence in a work environment, learning new skills and meeting new people.

“For me volunteering is a win-win-win situation. It helps the organisation with new skills, it helps the individual personally and it really helps the Community.” Says Roger Easter a local Volunteer and Geraint Jenkins also a local Volunteer says “I get a lot from volunteering including a feeling of personal fulfilment. Volunteering is really important to help provide fantastic facilities for the community and to enhance the environment we live in.”

The ‘Local Heroes Awards’ are an exciting new initiative designed to recognise and reward the invaluable help and support given voluntarily by so many in our community. To be eligible nominees must either live or work within Tandridge and receive no remuneration (apart from expenses) for their time. The awards will be attended by many local dignitaries including Sam Gyimah MP who said “I am delighted to be involved with the exciting new ‘Local Heroes Awards’ it is vitally important to recognise the dedication of local volunteers and their outstanding commitment and contribution to our local community.”

The Categories volunteers have been nominated for include: Service up to 5 Years; Up to 10 Years; Lifetime 10+ Years; Young Volunteer Award – for 16-25 year old volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to volunteering and who have inspired others to engage in volunteer service for their community; Team Award – for a team of volunteers who have excelled in their provision of help to a community, association or charity and finally Tandridge District Council’s Chairman’s Award for an ‘Invisible Hero’ – someone who supports everyone else and keeps organisations going by doing all the ‘behind the scenes’ jobs.

So come along on Saturday 9th September 2017, 10.30am to 2.30pm, Oxted Community Hall, Church Lane, Oxted, RH8 9NB and see how you can make a difference and who knows you could become a Local Hero.

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For more information contact: E: T: 01883 722593