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Students encouraged to ‘Make a Difference’

October 29, 2014

As part of ‘Make a Difference Month’, Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (EPNAVCO) organised a Volunteer and Jobs Fair in partnership with West Cheshire College.


Students and staff visited the fair on 22nd October to find out more about volunteering projects in the region such as helping out at sports clubs or spending time with the elderly.

The Fair also provided an opportunity for students to find Christmas jobs at local hotels including: the Crowne Plaza; Inglewood Manor; Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Double Tree Hilton.

There are many ways to “Make a Difference” in Ellesmere Port.  Volunteers can become befrienders, providing friendship to older members of the community or young carers.  For students, volunteering can help them to learn new skills to help them prepare for employment or provide them with practical experience to enhance college course work.

Caroline Noakes, Careers Advisor from West Cheshire College, said: “There are so many benefits for people who volunteer. Not only will they help their local community but it provides them with the opportunity to make new friends and have fun.

“The College is always looking for ways to broaden our students’ skills and enrich their time at college and one of the ways we do this is by making them aware of volunteering and part-time employment opportunities.

“There was something for everyone at the fair and included organisations who work with the elderly, young people, families as well as sports clubs looking for volunteers.

“I’m delighted that a number of our students signed up on the day to be a volunteer and I hope they gain a lot from their experience.

“All of our students who volunteer are encouraged to sign up for the nationally recognised V Inspired, V Award, to gain recognition for their volunteering work which is useful for when they apply for jobs and universities.”

Elaine Dunn, Chief Officer of EPNAVCO said: “Whatever your age, experience or reason for volunteering a Volunteer Fair will put you in touch with organisations looking for volunteers. It will help you find the right volunteer role.  For people wanting to get back into a routine, try a new experience, learn new skills or refresh existing skills, volunteering could provide you with the means to do this.”

For more information about studying at West Cheshire College, call the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit

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