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Lower sixth form students from across Bicester have taken part in a fair designed to match-make new volunteers with community organisations (Friday 14 February).

Published: Monday, 17th February 2020

Arranged by Volunteer Connect in association with Cherwell District Council and the Healthy Bicester partnership, around 180 students from Bicester Technology Studio, The Cooper School and The Bicester School attended the event. They met representatives from 18 organisations, offering the youngsters opportunities to expand their CV and gain new experiences in roles which help the community.
 
Prior to the networking fair, the 16 and 17-year-olds were given profiles, describing the different positions available, from fixing bikes with Bicester Green to event promotion with the Bicester Festival. The youngsters were then given the opportunity to meet the organisations to discuss more about how they might be able to get involved.
 
Jan Robins, a volunteer at The Hummingbird Centre, which offers support for families affected by cancer, said: “This is the third time I’ve done this volunteers fair and we get quite a few people signing up as they might’ve been affected by cancer. Some people have a specific skill they can offer, others are just good at talking to people. A lot of the older volunteers really like the youngsters as it keeps everything fresh.”
 
Zahira Aly volunteers at The Hummingbird Centre through college and said: “I would really encourage more youngsters to get on board. It’s a great chance to socialise as well as learning more skills to add to your CV.”
 
Cllr Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s lead member for health and wellbeing said: “Volunteer groups are the life blood of communities. Having an event which connects these organisations with new, young and enthusiastic members helps them to flourish and become even more valuable. The youngsters will also gain new experiences in groups they might not be familiar with, opening their eyes to more opportunities when they leave school.”