GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is ready to join in with celebrations during National Volunteersâ€™ Week 2016.
National Volunteerâ€™s Week is taking place from Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 12, when a number of events hosted by GMFRS will take place across Greater Manchester.Â
Existing GMFRS volunteers and staff members will be at the events to talk to those who are interested in joining the team of volunteers and about upcoming volunteer roles the Service.
Since the Serviceâ€™s volunteering programme launched in 2008, more than 200,000 hours have been donated by volunteers, carrying out various roles in the community.
Uzma Babb, GMFRS Volunteer Development Officer, said: â€œOur volunteers are fantastic and without their dedication and hard work we wouldnâ€™t be able to do as much work as we do now in the community.
â€œThis year a special thank-you event for our volunteers is planned for the evening of Saturday, June 4, where volunteers will be thanked for their hard work and commitment and a number of awards will be presented. Volunteers and staff from across the Service have nominated volunteers who have gone above and beyond over the past year to help us select the winners of the awards.
â€œYou can get to know some of our volunteers and co-ordinators at the events, and if you are interested in joining our team we will soon be recruiting for a number of roles and details of these will be added to our website.â€
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: â€œOur volunteering scheme has gone from strength to strength since beginning in 2008.Â We have hundreds ofextremely dedicated people who perform roles out in the community.Â They carry out fitness roles and deliver safety messages at events, to name just a couple of topics.
â€œNational Volunteersâ€™ Week is about saying thank-you to these fantastic people and celebrating the wonderful work they carry out to serve of the people of Greater Manchester.
â€œGMFRS has created a long-lasting pathway of skills development and by joining us as a volunteer your opportunities really could be endless.â€
Details of events taking place are outlined below:
Bury event - Heaton Park Sainsburyâ€™s, Heaton Park Road, M9 0QS Wednesday, June 1, 10am to 3pm
Oldham event - Albion Street (facing Tommyfield Market), Oldham Town Centre Thursday, June 2, 10am to 5pm
Manchester event - Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre Wednesday, June 8, 10am to 3pm
Tameside event - Hyde ASDA, Greenfield Street, Hyde Thursday, June 9, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Trafford event - Intu Trafford Centre, Great Hall entrance Friday, June 10, 9.30am to 6pm
Salford event - Morrisons, Swinton Hall Road, Swinton Sunday, June 12, 10am to 3pm
During the events you will be able to speak to GMFRS volunteers and staff members about becoming a future volunteer.Â
In the meantime you can meet some of our volunteers and their co-ordinators, including volunteer Rebecca Ellison and Volunteer Co-ordinator Kate Akkermans by clickingÂ here
People wishing to join GMFRS can apply for roles by visiting the vacancies section on the Serviceâ€™s website: www.manchesterfire.gov.uk