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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 22nd February 2015

Posted on 26th February 2015

My only official engagement this week has been to attend the AGM of Chard Carnival Committee; one of the groups that the Mayor of Chard holds an honorary position on. The Committee gained three extra members this year and retained all of its former members so we can look forward to another great evening’s entertainment when the Carnival takes place this October.

It made me think about volunteers and how the community needs them to make the town work. Volunteers form a large part of our society and they form a bond that links and strengthens our community especially now that we are physically packaged more closely together and yet are becoming more isolated from each other.

There are various reasons why you might want to volunteer, maybe to develop new skills which would help with self-confidence or as a stepping stone into work. It connects people together that would be unlikely to meet in normal life and people will benefit from your work or there is a transfer of skills.

There are so many groups that I have met over the last two years who might need your skills or help. It might be that you can offer a few hours a week to further the development of other people in the town or you just might like to join a group such as one of the local theatre groups. Whether your skills are artistic, manual, secretarial or even just being able to make a cup of tea and have a chat, I’m sure someone in the town needs your help.

On the Chard Town Council website there are a list of local organisations which you might find useful to get hold of a possible group for you, but I also have met many people and if I can help you to find the right group don’t hesitate to contact me and I will try and help. My contact details are available online and at the Guildhall.