YOU may have heard of speed-dating, and now voluntary groups have adopted the idea in a bid to encourage more people to give up their free time to help good causes.
Community Action Fareham, a charity that promotes volunteering, has teamed up with Waitrose in Locks Heath to hold a speed-matching event.
Co-ordinator Jennie Romicheva said: ‘Other volunteer centres in the UK have tried speed-matching in the past, and found it’s a really fun way to get people enthused about volunteering.’
The aim of the event is to match the volunteers with their ideal assignment.
Potential volunteers have the opportunity to visit different charities for brief meetings, giving them the opportunity to ask questions.
‘A lot of people really like to have a one-to-one with someone,’ said Jennie.
‘And they can have a more personal contact to ask those questions they’d be embarrassed to ask on an email.’
Attendees will not be short of options either as Community Action Fareham is planning to host a wide range of different groups.
Jennie said: ‘We’ve got a spread of things like youth work, supporting older people, volunteer driving, retail, and we’ve got a horse riding for the disabled group.
‘So we’ve got quite a spread of different roles that people might be interested in, and a wide selection of groups looking for quite a different range of people with skills and interests.’
Community Action Fareham hopes that the volunteering opportunities will provide people with valuable job experience.
Jennie said: ‘For a younger person looking to build some skills and some confidence, it’s really valuable. For someone returning to work, perhaps they’ve been out of the work environment bringing up children, as a carer, its really useful.
‘For someone stepping back from paid work, it’s a great opportunity to stay connected, and keep active in the community.’
The speed-matching event is taking place in the café at Waitrose, in Locks Heath Shopping Village, on Wednesday next week from 6pm until 8pm.
To find out more go to farehamaction.org/booking.htm or call 01329 223140.