Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 15-01-2014

Novel way to recruit volunteers

by Joanne Clague

Novel way to recruit volunteers - picture The Department of Health is hosting a 'speed dating' event to find volunteers.
It follows the success of a similar event last year in which more than 30 of the Isle of Man's voluntary organisations took part.
The event also marks the start of the first ever Isle of Man Volunteers Week.
This year's recruitment drive will be held at the Sefton Hotel in Douglas on Saturday March 1 between 10am and 2pm. MTTV's Paul Moulton will once again be Master of Ceremonies. Organisations actively looking to recruit volunteers get the opportunity to meet members of the public interested in volunteering their time.
Volunteer service manager at Noble's Hospital, Alison Lester said: 'Last year’s event was very well attended not only by members of the public but also the voluntary sector. We were inundated with requests from organisations who wanted to take part. We’re hoping that this year will be equally successful and I would encourage organisations to come forward now and put their name on the list if they would like to take part, as space will once again be limited and on a first come, first served basis.
'We want to keep the event fresh so this year we’ve gone for a ‘Happy Families’ theme, based on the popular card game. I would also like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the Sefton Group for once again sponsoring our volunteer recruitment event.'
Organisations who want to take part should contact the hospital's volunteer service on 650720 or email alison.lester@gov.im or kate.hutchinson@gov.im
Health Minister David Anderson said: 'Volunteers play a hugely significant and valued role not only in the Island’s Health Service but across government and in the charity and voluntary sectors. Without the steadfast support of these selfless individuals, services which many of us can take for granted simply wouldn’t exist. This event not only serves as a recruitment opportunity, but demonstrates the crucial role volunteers play in Island life.'

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