This time of year, we often think about New Year’s resolutions and with so much going on in Rotherham it could be a great place to start volunteering. If you want to make a difference in your community but don’t know where to start, then Voluntary Action Rotherham may be able to help you get going.
Active Citizens is a global programme, funded by the British Council and delivered in over 46 countries around the world. The programme is all about training up local people as active citizens and distributing small amounts of funding to help them kick start social action projects big or small.
Active citizens are improving their communities across the globe and some have even been lifesaving projects. They are involved in projects ranging from helping survivors who’ve suffered acid attacks in Pakistan, through to building zebra crossings which reduced 200 people killed in a year, down to zero.
Voluntary Action Rotherham wants to help Rotherham people to make a difference in Rotherham communities and are offering 30 places on this year’s Rotherham programme. Two people from this year’s programme will be selected to attend a free national study visit, where they will travel to London and meet active citizens from around the world, before visiting a host of social action projects. Previous Rotherham participants have described it as a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.
Places are open to anyone aged 18 years and over and Voluntary Action Rotherham is appealing to people from across Rotherham; all ages and backgrounds. They might be from a small group who are already working on a project, and that’s absolutely fine, or individuals just wanting to make a change. What a great way to kick off the new year, make some new year resolutions and make a big difference to the local community!
For further information or to book a place contact Kerry McGrath on 01709 834451 or visit www.varotherham.org.uk.