Olympic spirit boosts volunteers

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HARROGATE and Ripon Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) are hoping that the legacy of this summers Olympic and Paralympic games will inspire people to volunteer on a local level.

Carol Gaiger saw enquiries about volunteering leap from 45 in May to 122 in June as Olympic fever spread across the country.

She said: “The Olympics really did high-light the good work of volunteers and get people inspired.

“It would be fabulous if everyone who volunteered for the games decided to continue volunteering on a local level.”

One of the issues faced by the CVS is how many people lose interest after their initial enquiries.

Ms Gaiger said: “We get a lot of enquiries but sometimes thre process of placing people can take a while.

“CRB checks can take a while, and since they have changed they can seem quite intrusive which puts a lot of people off.”

She recommends for those who are wanting to get into volunteering to, “just be patient”, until they are placed, as the outcome will be so rewarding.

This year for the fifth year running Ackrill Media are working together with Harrogate and Ripon Councils for Volunteer Service and former mayor County Councillor John Fox to present the Harrogate and District Volunteering awards.

The event will take place at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate on Friday, November 16 and all nominees will be invited to atttend the event.

We are seeking nominations in 15 different catagories: Young Volunteer of the Year, Care Volunteer of the Year, Community Volunteer of the Year, Environment Volunteer of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Unsung Heros in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Boroughbridge and Nidderdale, New Volunteer of the Year, Trustee of the Year, Organisation of the Year, Corporate Engagement Award, Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Volunteer.

Nominations are open until Monday October, 22. To nominate a candidate in any catagory visit www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk and click on The Volunteer Oscars.

Alternatively write to Harrogate Advertiser at 1 Cardale Park, HG3 1RZ. To email a nomination send it to ginny.long@ypn.co.uk.