Sutton residents urged to make a difference

August 18, 2011 4:14 PM

Local MP Tom Brake is encouraging Sutton residents to join in with Make a Difference Day 2011. Organised by Community Service Volunteers (CSV), the UK's leading volunteering charity, the event will give people from all walks of life the opportunity to try out volunteering in the community, and will focus in particular on the ways in which volunteers can help to tackle loneliness and isolation.

Make a Difference Day this year falls on the 29th October, though opportunities to get involved will be running from the 22nd October through to the 6th November.

Tom said: "Volunteering is at the heart of our community, and we cannot overestimate its effect on the lives of countless people across the country. As this year's event also coincides with the European Year of Volunteering, it would be great to see lots of people taking part!"

Those who would like to get involved can organise any volunteering event that they wish, from renovating a homeless centre to teaching IT skills to seniors. Activities can be organised by individuals, families, a group of friends or even a community group.

Anyone who would like to register an event for this year's Make a Difference Day should visit to register. Upon registering they will receive an action pack with help and advice about how to make the most of their activity.

Founded in 1962, CSV involved over 150,000 people a year in volunteer work, as well as training over 12,000 young people a year to equip them with skills to help them move onto further education or employment. For more information about their work, visit

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