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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Volunteers Needed to Support Rural Community Projects

 

Over 170 people across the UK have now volunteered as a Village SOS Mentor, offering local projects with access to an impressive range of skills and experience. The Mentors provide FREE advice as part of an exciting campaign which aims to keep rural community projects alive and thriving.

If you have a story to share – including the setbacks, successes and celebrations – that could inspire and guide others then now is the time to get involved. Village SOS is running training for new Mentors at Reaseheath College, Nantwich (Cheshire) on Wednesday 16th September and are currently looking for new recruits.

If you are interested in finding out more about the role or would like to book a place at the training please contact Chris Cowcher, VSOS Community Manager on 01285 653477.

The Village SOS Mentors work alongside a network of organisations such as Cheshire Community Action in Cheshire who are delivering the campaign locally. This offers projects with the opportunity to access support that is tailored to their needs and offers the greatest benefit to them. These volunteer mentors are parish councillors, committee members, business people, retirees and even accredited professionals and they have all signed up to share their expertise with projects involved with the Village SOS campaign. If you think that you’ve got something to offer the campaign then sign up and get involved.

Ivan Annibal, Rose Regeneration who leads on the Mentor training, said: “The Village SOS Mentors are at the core of this rural campaign. We aim to get projects learning from others and one of the best ways to achieve this is to get a mentor from one project sharing their knowledge with another. It is about offering projects a fresh pair of eyes to look at what they are doing from a different perspective, helping them to consider what is going well and what could be improved.”

Any rural project providing a service in their local community can apply for one to one support to help their project develop. Whether they need advice on business planning, consultations, funding applications or promotion, projects applying for support from the Village SOS campaign can get help now. 

To find out more about the Village SOS campaign and the role of the Village SOS Mentors visit the campaign website (www.villagesos.org.uk) or contact the VSOS Community Manager Chris Cowcher on 01285 653477.

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