The Harrogate & Ripon Volunteer Centre supports and encourages people to take up volunteering opportunities with charities and community groups in the Harrogate area. It provides advice and support to more than 1000 potential volunteers each year.
The centre also provides extra support to people with mental health issues, or disabilities to help them into volunteering.
Karen Weaver, the Chief Exec of Harrogate & Ripon CVS and Volunteer Centre said:
We are really proud to have helped so many people get into volunteering over the last 25 years. It is great to be able to continue benefitting our community.
This donation from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund couldn’t have come at a better time. This funding will help us to train volunteer mentors for our new mentor scheme. Mentors will support people who want to volunteer but need a bit of extra support to get started.
Galaxy Hot Chocolate is looking to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland by donating cash awards to support warm hearted people and projects.
Open for entries until February 23 2014, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards to deserving recipients every week.
Michelle Frost, spokeswoman for Galaxy Hot Chocolate said yesterday:
There are thousands of warm hearted people and organisations that go out of their way to help their local community day in day out.
The Fund aims to support their work and hopefully inspire more people to get involved with local community groups.