Tuesday 20 June will see Volunteer Centre Hackney’s quarterly Volunteer Fair take place at Hackney Museum.
The organisation works with over 350 charities, and many will be in attendance: from Mini Mermaids Running Club for young girls to Hackney Carers, whose Out and About scheme needs volunteers to reach out to members of the LGBT+ community aged 50+.
All will be happy to chat about the work they do and how you can get involved.
Visitors can also find out about the council’s new Volunteering for Hackney initiative which will be launched at the fair – a project that focuses on support for small volunteer led projects.
There will be speeches from local councillors too, plus visitors can get advice from Hackney Unites on how to start a social action campaign.
For those hardy souls who manage to find time to volunteer after their nine-to-five job, don’t fear – the event kicks off at 5pm and runs all the way to 7pm.
Indeed, the event will provide specific guidance for local residents who want to give their time and skills but struggle to find the time – although co-Head of Volunteering Rupal Karia is keen to point out that the fair has “something for absolutely everyone”.
Karia continued: “I really enjoy seeing the enthusiasm from people in Hackney who want to get involved. There’s so many amazing things happening out there. I like seeing organisations and volunteers meet each other and get really excited by each other” – something she says happens all the time at the fair.
Hackney Museum is located next to the Central Library, in the Technology and Learning Centre on Reading Lane near Hackney Central station.