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Make A Difference Day 2012

Make A Difference Week!

Volunteers at Shepshed recently really did 'Make A Difference' to the local community. This is the third year that 'Make a Difference Day' has been celebrated in Shepshed and events took place from 15-20 October 2012 and proved to be a great success once again! The huge volunteering operation ran smoothly thanks to the excellent coordination of the Shephed Volunteer Centre team. The event was able to run with the help of funding and support from the local Area Forum and continued support of the Shepshed Town Council and Charnwood Borough Council.

In preparation for the day a series of entertaining school assemblies had been organised by Shepshed Volunteer Centre during which Angie Whitmore, Activities Support Worker at SVC, was able to pass on her enthusiasm for volunteering to the children.

The event was also organised by children from Shepshed High School and St Winefride's Catholic Academy in Shepshed as well as the Guides, Brownies and Scouts who all put themselves forward to volunteer within the community to make a difference to the lives of elderly and vulnerable adults.

Activities included making cakes and selling them on Shepshed Market to raise money for charity, gardening, chatting with residents and singing at residential homes, bag packing at ADSA as well as hosting a community lunch and afternoon tea enabled over 300 young people to show their skills and dedication to local volunteering (see photos over).

The aim of the event was to show young people, all aged between 10 and 14, how rewarding volunteering can be and to 'sow the seed' for them to become the volunteers of the future. To follow up and further motivate students from local schools in Shepshed the MADD team will ensure that every student who took part will be presented with a certificate acknowledging the effort they made to make the events such a great success.