Volunteers party to celebrate 20 years

Last updated 11:56 20/06/2014

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Volunteer Nelson is 20 years old this week, and celebrated in style last night with a cake and plenty of friends and supporters who joined the party, which also marked National Volunteer Week.

About 13 volunteer organisations and 70 people, including current and prospective volunteers, turned out at the Trafalgar Pavilion for the event, but a planned "speed matching" event did not have enough takers and could not go ahead, Volunteer Nelson manager Katy Steele said.

The plan was to match volunteers with an organisation in the method of speed dating.

Volunteer Nelson co-ordinator Jacqui Irwin said organisations were "very keen" to be involved.

But they had to abandon the idea when not enough prospective matches put up their hand.

Volunteering is popular in Nelson, with volunteer agencies now struggling to find enough roles.

In Nelson, more than 650 people registered to do volunteer work with Volunteer Nelson in the year to April.

Steele said recently the service was now struggling to find enough roles for willing volunteers who had a range of skills, education and abilities.

The increase in the number of willing helpers across a wide range of community organisations had happened as the service for registering had moved online.

Volunteer Nelson is a charitable trust.

It was first housed with the Environment Centre in Alma Lane.

Its parent organisation was first incorporated on May 24 1991 as the Volunteer/Friends Network Society Incorporated.

It formally became a charitable trust on August 24, 1994 as the Nelson Volunteer Centre & Citizen Advocacy Trust.

It then became an incorporated society as the Nelson Volunteer Centre & Citizen Advocacy Trust the following day, on August 25, 1994, when there were six founding trustees.

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- The Nelson Mail

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