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Celebrating Our Volunteers

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Volunteering plays a key part in our communities without which many charities, social events and community activities wouldn’t exist. This week is all about celebrating volunteering, recognising what is done behind the scenes and celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways. 

Many of our staff are involved in community activities, sit on committees or act as trustees for many local organisations by offering their time and providing their professional expertise for causes they believe in.

Sarah Finnigan offers her time to 3rd Rochdale Rainbows unit in Bamford. She tends to deal with parental enquires, banking Gift Aid claims on subscriptions, record filling, pastoral care as well as preparing weekly activities.

“I find it uplifting after a busy day at work.  It’s a lovely break from my two young sons who have endless energy and sweaty sports kits.  I think it’s our social responsibility to consider how we can contribute to our society and highly recommend others doing so to boost self-esteem.”

Ian Wolstenhulme  is a committee member for Saddleworth Rangers where he helps organise fundraising events in order to take 15 year olds to Spain on rugby training.  Ian is also an ambassador and panel member for Tameside4Good where he assists in giving out grants to community groups.

Sarah Major  is a treasurer at her local schools Parents Association also to set up the PTA at her children’s school. She helps with fundraising, running stalls at school fairs and reviewing grant funding.

 “I do this because it helps generate additional income for my children’s school and the local community by providing better facilities which wouldn’t be fully funded otherwise.”

Kenneth Lees  is Chair of Governors at Coppice Primary Academy in Oldham where he leads the governors in monitoring standards of teaching and learning and also a committee member dealing with operations.

 “I grew up in the town and readily acknowledge that the good quality teaching that I received helped me to go on to university and become a solicitor. I hope that in some small way I help to ensure that all children within the school achieve, and are given the opportunity to exceed, their potential.”

John Pollitt has been a church deacon at Springhead Congregational Church for 15 years; he’s also a panel member on the Action Oldham Board and recently become a trustee at Tameside, Oldham and Glossop MIND group.

“I have a sense of obligation to help others, using my experience derived from many years as an advice worker in a relevant field.  I value community and have a love for Oldham and its people.”

Laura Pracy is a football coach for Moston Juniors Blue under 9’s, which she started almost 2 years ago after her daughter started playing for the team. Laura grew up with two brothers so often played football when she was younger.

“I’ve completed my FA Level 1 coaching badge, really enjoy watching the children develop as players and most importantly as people. They are able to learn lots of skills while playing football which helps them grow as young people too.”

Victoria Marshall is the Young Solicitors Representative at Oldham Law Association where she assists in organising social events and training events liaising between local law firms and business in Oldham. As a group they lobby the Law Society ensuring they represent our voice in government for an ever changing profession.

“I also voluntarily run #Tamesidehour. I’m in charge of the twitter account so tweet every Monday evening and retweet throughout the week.  I also promote events on the radio too.2

Michelle Wood is a governor at St Annes in Royton, is a Sunday School Teaching Assistant and recently signed up for the Waterhead Academy.

“I love being involved in both personal and professional growth and believe it’s important to give back to the younger generation.   I am passionate because there have been a handful of people that have helped me along the way which has led to me making great decisions and eventually lead me to qualify as a Solicitor.”

It’s fun and I learn a lot for business people.  Above all I gain knowledge from a great deal of people from various professions.”

Joanne Ormston, Partner at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers says,”As a business our Private Client team take part in Will Week.  We provide our clients with a Will and in return make a donation to charity.  Currently Pearson support The Christie, Mahdlo and Dr Kershaw's in this way.

She adds, “Our team are never shy of giving up their time to support charity events either.  In fact, we have a team training at the moment for Pretty Muddy event later in the summer where they are fundraising for Cancer Research UK.   Our staff also support education events in the town, as much as we can, by manning stands at careers fairs too.”

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers LLP or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

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