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Families in the Staffordshire Moorlands are being urged to volunteer together this summer

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 27, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Families in the Staffordshire Moorlands are being urged to volunteer together this summer.

A pilot volunteering programme is about to start in the district, with Support Staffordshire running days aimed specifically at families during the summer holidays.

There will be six different days with tasks ranging from being a tour guide for the day to setting up a new group aimed at fans of the popular Minecraft game, and even helping to run a park farm.

Families do not need to have any experience, just a willingness to get stuck in and have a go.

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All ages are welcome, from grandparents through to young children.

Esther Bromley, Project Officer at Support Staffordshire said: "Traditionally volunteering is undertaken by adults and there is very little to offer children.

"I have two young girls myself and I know that they like getting involved and helping out wherever they can. Both girls have had a go at coppicing in their local country park and found the experience thoroughly enjoyable.

"Being able to do it as a family makes it even better."

Jo Phillips, Deputy Chief Officer added: "At Support Staffordshire we are passionate about families and communities. This seemed a fantastic opportunity to bring the two together.

"Families benefit by strengthening their bonds across all generations and having a positive shared experience.

"Communities will get the benefit of getting more people involved and active."

All participants will receive a certificate and a goody bag as a thank you.

Staff at Support Staffordshire will also be on hand to offer advice if families decide they would like to continue volunteering.

For more information visit www.nowvolunteer.org.uk or call 01538 398240.

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