Benefits of volunteering under the spotlight at annual meeting

Huntingdon Volunteer Centre members with Councillor Jay Dyne. Picture: MARK BUNTING

Huntingdon Volunteer Centre members with Councillor Jay Dyne. Picture: MARK BUNTING - Credit: Archant

Huntingdonshire Volunteer Centre’s annual car scheme morning took place at the Medway Centre last Wednesday (March 28).

The focus this year was on the impact of the incoming general data protection regulations and the processes the organisation is implementing to meet the new law.

Members were joined by the mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Jay Dyne.

Last year, car schemes run by the centre in Huntingdon, Ramsey, St Ives and St Neots helped more than 5,000 Huntingdonshire residents.

The team is made up of about 100 volunteers and four staff members and operates as part of the Cambridgeshire County Council’s community transport network.

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Last year, volunteer drivers made more than 9,000 journeys and travelled almost 70,000 miles.

As part of our ‘Motivating Cambridgeshire’ campaign, the centre’s volunteers are helping to spread the message that volunteering not only strengthens community links, but keeps those who volunteer healthy too.

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Volunteer Ron Shrimpton said: “I help in the community to give me something to do. Most people love our service as they do not see anyone most days. Looking after people and making sure they get where they need to go is why I volunteer.”

If you are interested in volunteering, contact the centre on 01480 414766.

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