A well loved community cafe in Radcliffe will be hosting a volunteer fair next week aiming to empower people and help better the community.  

Outreach Community and Residential Services have collaborated with Bury VCFA to host a volunteers fair at its coffee lounge on Blackburn Street on Wednesday, March 15 from 10am to 3pm. 

There will be a range of groups promoting what they do including mental health organisations, food banks and men's and women's groups.  

The Bolton News: Volunteer programme manager Norman Shaw and Louise Carter, director of operations at OutreachVolunteer programme manager Norman Shaw and Louise Carter, director of operations at Outreach (Image: Newsquest)

Volunteer programme manager at Outreach, Norman Shaw, is encouraging everyone to pop down, even if they are just curious, and have a cuppa, some hot food and a chat.  

He said: “It is so important as social beings to have human contact with others in the real world, something so many has missed over these last years, and to keep up good mental health and social skills. 

The Bolton News: Outreach community space and coffee loungeOutreach community space and coffee lounge (Image: Public)

“Volunteering is always, and always will be, a super way of ensuring this and empowering people just to make a difference towards the wellbeing of individuals and the wider community.” 

The Bolton News: Norman Shaw and Nicola McNally from OutreachNorman Shaw and Nicola McNally from Outreach (Image: Newsquest)

Each organisation will be able to inform about their volunteering opportunities face to face and answer any questions. 

Norman said: “By volunteering, you can support an organisation you feel connected with or are interested in and meet new people and give something back to the local or wider community. 

The Bolton News: Inside the Outreach caféInside the Outreach café (Image: Newsquest)

 “It could also be as simple as the first steps towards a new career direction, which has been the case in respect of some of our previous Outreach volunteers who found paid work within Outreach after they volunteered.” 

The Bolton News: Outside the Outreach caféOutside the Outreach café (Image: Newsquest)

The organisations attending the event include:  

  • Outreach 
  • Bury VCFA sharing with Beacon Service 
  • Growing Together Radcliffe (representing other Radcliffe groups) 
  • Fairfield General Hospital (Northern Care Alliance) sharing with Transport for Sick Children 
  • Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal Society 
  • Bury Hospice 
  • Bury Blind Society 
  • Radcliffe Rotary 
  • Bury Parks and Countryside sharing with Bury Croquet Club 
  • Bury Samaritans 
  • Incredible Edible Radcliffe 
  • Age UK Bury Befriending 
  • Home Start Rochdale & Bury 
  • Margaret Haes Riding School 
  • Bury Adult Learning 
  • Jigsaw (awaiting confirmation) 
  • Dad Matters (awaiting confirmation) 

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