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I am Chair of The Friends of Hopwood Park – a local charity working to improve our local green space. We have sourced funding for various projects and arrange regular fundraising events on the park. Although we do raise funds from our events the primary purpose of them is to advertise what we have achieved, get a range of members of the community on board and raise the profile of our charity.

We have recently been working on increasing our volunteers and have found Facebook an excellent tool. It is essential that regular updates and replies are posted to capture interest.

When we get an interested volunteer I make sure that we get to know them and find out what their interests and skills are so that they feel valued and can be utilised in a way that they feel useful doing something they are good at.