More than 200 people enjoyed sunny weather, face painting and a refreshing glass of orange squash at the second Information Day held in the beautiful gardens of Rochford District Council’s offices.
The event, organised by The Rochford District Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), linked in with National Volunteers’ Week to give local residents the opportunity to find out about volunteering opportunities which can be personally rewarding and help ‘give something back’ to the community.
Volunteers were able to choose from a variety of different roles; from caring for people or animals to supporting scout groups or local neighbourhood watch groups to mums helping other mums to breastfeed.
There was also information available about National Family Week, with plenty for the kids including face-painting to windmill making workshops.
For the grown-ups there was advice on fire safety, health, volunteering consumer issues and lots more all in beautiful sunny weather.
Information Days are put together by your local authority, NHS South East Essex, Essex Police and many others and are designed to give people detailed information about useful local services available to them.
More than 30 partners were involved in the event including Rochford District Council, Essex County Council, NHS South East Essex, Essex Police and a variety of Voluntary Services partners were on hand to provide information as well as listening to what local people wanted.
The Leader of Rochford District Council and Chairman of the LSP, Councillor Terry Cutmore, said: “After the success of the first Information Day in Hullbridge it was great to get the same positive response today in Rochford.
A great deal of work goes in to making these events successful. We want to make them fun and enjoyable but at the same time provide plenty of
useful information and advice. From the response we’ve received we’ve achieved that and it’s fantastic to see so many people respond to them so positively.
The Information Days are designed to provide us and all the partners in the Local Strategic Partnership the opportunity to meet residents face-to-face and tell them about the services that are available and how we can offer help and support to them and we’re looking forward to
organising another one elsewhere in the district very soon.”
The Information Days will be taking place right across the District throughout the year, giving local residents the opportunity to find out
more about the services available to them and share their feedback on what they like and what they don’t.
To find out when there’s an event near you, keep checking www.rochford.gov.uk