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Litter pick Big Help Out
The council is encouraging people to get involved on the May bank holiday of the Coronation weekend.

To celebrate his Coronation, King Charles III is inviting everyone to volunteer for their favourite cause on Monday 8 May as part of The Big Help Out.

The aim of this day is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation Weekend.

And Dorset Council is encouraging residents to give up a few hours of their time and support their local community and be part of the national volunteering effort.

Councillor Pothecary, a Gillingham councillor who is also Chairman of Dorset Council, said: ‘Dorset has a fine reputation for giving voluntary support and it would be wonderful if residents took the opportunity of the ‘Big Help Out’ to increase the number of people prepared to offer some of their time to help others. It is a very satisfying and rewarding way to make a difference – whilst making new friends.’

The possibilities include  clearing weeds in  parks and open spaces, to helping  local sports groups and youth clubs thrive, plus fundraising and befriending services. The council says there are hundreds of projects to get involved with.

Councillor Laura Beddow, Cabinet member for Culture, Communities and Customer Services, said: ‘We’re encouraging everyone to find out more about the volunteering opportunities available in their local communities and asking people to consider giving up as little as an hour a week, a fortnight, a month…to help as a volunteer.

‘There are hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Dorset for anyone who would like to do one-off tasks, help at events, or wants a regular volunteering commitment –there is literally something for everyone regardless of ability, skills, location, or time commitment.’

Dorset Council work alongside Volunteering Centre Dorset and Community Action Network (CAN) to support communities that are strong, healthy, diverse, vibrant and flourishing.

Visit CAN’s volunteering hub to find out more about volunteering, what you can expect as a volunteer, what support you’ll get, and be inspired by reading the real stories from people who are currently volunteering in our local communities.

Gillingham Town Council has already announced plans for litter picking on the bank holiday.

To find out about other volunteering opportunities, or other events and activities across the coronation weekend and beyond, visit www.volunteeringdorset.org.uk.

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