Community mark volunteering week

Hewitt's stafff with The V Team doing a garden makeover
Hewitt's stafff with The V Team doing a garden makeover

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A series of successful events took place across East Hampshire to raise awareness about volunteering and how to get involved.

Community First organised a programme in Hayling Island, Emsworth and Petersfield to coincide with Volunteers’ Week.

CF is an organisation providing local voluntary and community groups with a range of support services such as training, good practice and practical advice.

The V Team, a supported volunteering group, did some gardening in Hewitt’s garden in Emsworth and spoke to people about how to get involved in volunteering.

The following day a team of employees from Lockheed Martin, braved the wind to support Hayling Island Conservation Volunteers.

Bob Kramer, vice-president and group managing director of Lockheed Martin said: ‘We have a significant presence in the Langstone area and as such have an important role to play in the local community.

‘Our employees regularly volunteer their time and expertise to help with local projects.

‘We were delighted to be able to work with The Hayling Island Conservation group to collect well over 35 bags of litter, a pushchair, flip flops and a golf club from the beach on Saturday.

‘Our team found this a very rewarding and worthwhile activity.’

Helen Freeston, CF’s volunteer service manager added: ‘It’s been great to be out and about with our volunteers, promoting volunteering and the benefits it brings.

‘It not only helps the community, but is also a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and can be a stepping stone into employment.’