Volunteers Week 2017

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1-7th June 2017 is Volunteers Week, and we want to take the time so say a huge THANK YOU to all our dedicated volunteers.

Mahdlo’s 136 volunteers have clocked up an incredible 12,063 hours over the past 12 months! Mahdlo relies on the support of the local community enabling the delivery aspirational and inspirational activities for our members. Volunteers are involved in a whole host of activities including sports, arts, mentoring, catering, administration, fundraising and even driving the Mahdlo mini bus. We have also just celebrated the 3rd birthday of our successful Mentoring programme – volunteer mentors from all walks of life commit to 1-2 hours a week to provide invaluable support to young people.

Mini bus driver Alan Whitehead, 70, told us “I wasn’t sure about volunteering with young people at first, but I really enjoy it. Sometimes they can be very noisy. I’ll always remember when Justin Bieber was on the radio and the bus just exploded with noise. I’d definitely encourage people to get involved and volunteer at Mahdlo.”

Since opening in 2012, over 680 local people have given their time passing on valuable knowledge and experience. With 42% of volunteers aged between 16 -22, Mahdlo provides a great springboard for local people to pursue a career within the charity sector, with many volunteers progressing onto paid employment at Mahdlo.

Gareth Nixon,  our Head of Business Development added “Volunteering at Mahdlo is integral to what we do. As a charity we rely on the goodwill of the people of Oldham and this is just one way they can get involved and make a difference to their community. It’s a great way to make new friends, have fun and be a part of a fantastic team. We are grateful to all our Mahdlo volunteers who give their spare time so generously – we couldn’t do it without you!”

If you have an interest in volunteering with young people or have skills and knowledge you’d like to share please get in touch with Sazida Begum on 0161 624 0111 or email volunteering@mahdloyz.org

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