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Be part of the King’s Big Help Out by volunteering with Newlife

On the Bank Holiday to celebrate the King’s coronation, Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children will be opening their doors to show members of the public how they can help disabled and terminally ill children by volunteering in a variety of ways.

Newlife’s open day on Monday, May 8 between 10am and 4pm is part of The Big Help Out to mark His Majesty The King’s Coronation as organisations across the country give people the chance to help out in their own communities.

Volunteering is a fun and friendly way to help others and give something back. Doing the smallest thing can have a real impact on others in your community. You can make some great new friends, learn new skills and build your confidence, learn to do something new and feel better about yourself. Volunteering helps to raise awareness and show others how good it feels to help change lives.

The charity will also be unveiling their new volunteer pledge document, which gives people the chance to  pledge their time, however small or great that may be, to volunteer and help change lives.

Newlife is the largest charity provider of specialist disability equipment in the UK providing equipment such as beds, seating, buggies, wheelchairs and standing frames to improve quality of life, as well as emergency equipment loans when a child’s needs mean they don’t have time to wait. As well as traditional fundraising, the charity is supported by its ten shops across the UK which sell brand new donated stock from around 300 High Street retailers.

Sue Blick, Volunteer Recruitment and Support Officer for Newlife said: “Volunteers at Newlife have been helping to transform the lives of disabled children for the last 15 years.  We are keen to find volunteers who can pledge their time to us, so anyone interested in helping us can tell us how they would like to volunteer.

“This could open up new possibilities, as any interested individual or group could offer to do a supermarket bucket collection, be a Volunteer Ambassador to help raise awareness and give support to children and families in their area, do a fundraising activity such as a parachute jump, run a marathon or  any other sponsored event, such as a walk, hold a tea party, run a networking group in their local area or, pledge to volunteer in any of our stores or in a variety of administration roles.

“We are open to learning what the community can offer, how they can support us. Sometimes it is the more specific volunteer role we offer through role descriptions that meets what people want, but if we can attract more volunteers in different ways, such as an individual family or group of families who have been supported by us to do something, that would be fantastic.”

As well as talking to Newlife’s volunteer team about the different ways you can volunteer the open day will also include the opportunity to see demonstrations of how stock from the warehouse can be processed by volunteers to make them ready to be sold in stores. To find out more about Newlife and how you can help, please visit here