Mansfield based CVS is here to help voluntary organisations

CVS Mansfield l-r Phil Taylor Maintenence Man, Anthony Ball JFA Volunteer, Debbie Crisp First Contact Coordinator, Charlotte Wright Volunteer Centre Admin, Lesley Watkins Volunteer Centre Manager, Christine Precious Coordinator of Royal Voluntary Service.

CVS Mansfield l-r Phil Taylor Maintenence Man, Anthony Ball JFA Volunteer, Debbie Crisp First Contact Coordinator, Charlotte Wright Volunteer Centre Admin, Lesley Watkins Volunteer Centre Manager, Christine Precious Coordinator of Royal Voluntary Service.

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A Mansfield organisation is raising its profile to help voluntary services and community groups in the area.

Mansfield Community and Voluntary Service, based on Wood Street, wants charities and groups to know it can help them stay functional in these tough economic times.

Kate Boughton, who works at the community house, said: “We have been here for more than 30 years yet I still think many groups do not know how we can help them.

“We are here to support and develop contact with the community and groups in Mansfield to make them more effective and efficient.

“We can do this through our support services including the volunteer centre and health and social care team, as well as back to work programmes and training and consultancy through our trading arm, Scintilla.”

As well as providing ongoing support to goups including the Joint Forces Aliance, Time Bank and the Alzheimer’s Society, The CVS holds annual events like its volunteer market where charities are invited to have a stall to present themselves.

They can also use the fair as an opportunity to recruit and raise awareness.

The event, on 29th August, is tied in to the council’s Mansfield at the beach.

Lesley Watkins, who works as part of the volunteer centre, said: “There are 12 stalls available at this year’s market near Mansfield old town hall.

“There is some fantastic volunteers in Mansfield and lots of voluntary groups would not be able to function without volunteers.

“This is where we can help.

“We will interview people and talk to organisations and they tell us what they are looking for.

“We will then make the link.”

The CVS is based at Community House. For more information on its services contact 01623651177 or visit www.mansfieldcvs.org.