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Charity calls for more volunteers

A LOCAL charity wants to hear from people interested in sporting and leisure activities such as speedway, ten-pin bowling, photography, bird watching and rugby union.

A LOCAL charity wants to hear from people interested in sporting and leisure activities such as speedway, ten-pin bowling, photography, bird watching and rugby union.

The Ryder Cheshire Volunteers (RCV) Warwick and District is based at Holly Farm Business Park in Honiley, and helps people with physical disabilities with their hobbies, pastimes and general interests.

And RCV has a waiting list of members with disabilities who need volunteers to give them the opportunity to pursue a leisure, learning or sporting activity.

Already the charity has volunteers helping members with activities such as yoga, board games, computer skills and family history.

Steve Haynes, chairman, said: “Over 50 per cent of those registered with RCV are stroke victims and we already offer over 100 activities through the national organisation including fishing, ballooning and playing Scrabble.

“Volunteers spend as much time as they can spare with the member, perhaps once a week, and they make an enormous difference to their lives.

“Most of those registered with us are looking for someone with whom to interact, whether it’s over an interest in motorbikes or sailing or whatever. We match the volunteers’ interests with those of the people we are trying to help.

“We are an up-and-coming charity and our success has meant more members and therefore we need more volunteers.

“Ryder Cheshire is actively encouraging sixth form pupils to get involved because volunteering boosts confidence, improves communication and interview skills as well as adding new ones”.

Anyone interested should contact co-ordinator Sue Yates on 01926 485469 or e-mail sue.yates@rcv.org.uk

 

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