Were you one of the 200 volunteers at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Monmouthshire?  Do you have a few hours to spare regularly?  Are you interested in supporting a local or national charity?

If so, come to the Kings Arms, Abergavenny on Thursday 17 November to find out more about volunteering opportunities in Monmouthshire and the local area.

The National Eisteddfod is one of the largest community volunteer projects in the UK, and following the success of this year’s event, organisers are working with Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations, Monmouthshire County Council, the National Trust and many other partners to promote the benefits of volunteering locally.

Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts, says, “Our community volunteers across Monmouthshire and the local area were fantastic.  They worked tirelessly for almost two years raising awareness, money and preparing for the Eisteddfod’s visit.  They were extremely enthusiastic and worked with us to promote the Eisteddfod to the people of Monmouthshire.

“As a festival which visits different areas of Wales every year, our work is now based in Anglesey for 2017 and Cardiff for the 2018 festival, but we are keen to encourage Eisteddfod volunteers to consider working with other organisations locally, who are actively recruiting volunteers at the moment.  This is the first time we’ve worked on a project like this and the aim is to ensure a ‘volunteers legacy’.”

Owen Wilce, Volunteering Officer at Monmouthshire County Council added, “The Eisteddfod was a great experience for the area and we are keen to build on its success for the future.

“The event at the Kings Arms in Abergavenny is a chance to increase volunteering awareness with an emphasis on organisations working together to develop the opportunities available locally and to create a larger pool of individuals willing to donate their time to local and national causes in the region.”

Two sessions have been organised at the Kings Arms, at 14.00 and 16.30 on 17 November.  A number of organisations from the voluntary sector, including public bodies and housing associations will be at the events to talk about the volunteering opportunities available.

We encourage people to register for the events, either online at www.gavowales.org.uk/volunteering, or by contacting the Monmouthshire Volunteer Centre run by GAVO on 01633 241 566.