Anyone thinking of taking that first important step towards volunteering is being encouraged to drop into Aldershot’s Get Involved Fair on Saturday 1 June.

Organised jointly between Rushmoor Borough Council and Rushmoor Voluntary Services, the fair is an opportunity for voluntary organisations, community groups, clubs and societies to raise the profile of the fantastic work they do in Aldershot and Farnborough, but also to encourage new volunteers to come forward.

Local groups will have 24 market stalls in Union Street and there will also be activities for children.

Visitors will be able to talk to representatives from all the organisations, find out how they can get involved in volunteering, but also discover what help these organisations offer the wider community. For more information, please visit the Rushmoor Voluntary Services’ website at

The new Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sue Carter, will also be visiting the fair to meet volunteers and members of the public.

Andrew Colver, Head of Democracy, Strategy and Partnerships at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “We are very fortunate to have such a strong voluntary sector in Rushmoor – but there will always be a need for new people to come forward and donate any time they have to local charities, community organisations and sports clubs. It might be as little as a couple of hours here and there, but it all makes a difference.

“As part of the organising committee of the Donkey Derby in Farnborough myself, and involved with volunteering, I would encourage anyone who wants to find out more to pop into the fair to see for themselves what volunteering is all about and talk to those who know all about it.”

Terry Snuggs, Volunteer Coordinator at Rushmoor Voluntary Services, said “Volunteering is a really great way of being part of your local community, not only by giving something back but also gaining so much more for yourself. It’s a great way to meet new people, develop new skills or share existing ones. I’d encourage people to come along and meet 24 organisations who support the local communities and discover how they can share in that.”