Dani tells Rotary of need for more volunteers

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The guest speaker at Lochaber Rotary Club’s business lunch meeting on July 17 was Dani Drummon, active citizens development worker with Voluntary Action Lochaber.

In a lively and engaging talk, Dani explained that, essentially, the job involves promoting and coordinating a wide range of volunteering support services within the Lochaber area, including organising the recent ‘Voscars’ awards event and the Lochaber contribution to the National Volunteers’ Week in early June.

She also runs many ongoing projects involving young volunteers between the ages of 12 and 25 as well as a project aimed at over-25s.

Dani, who has been in the post since April, said that volunteering can give youngsters a real sense of self-worth and achievement, and added: ‘The benefits of volunteering are endless. Whether it involves helping in your local hospital, litter picking or planting trees, all are worthwhile and fulfilling.’

As examples of the types of volunteering jobs currently available, Dani gave details of three opportunities in Lochaber: Lochaber Credit Union is hoping to recruit a hands-on director, Fort William Town Team is seeking committee members and environmental workers, and Nevis Radio is looking for a Sunday afternoon music show presenter.

Club president Clive Talbot thanked Dani for her informative talk following which past-president and VAL director Terry Lee paid tribute to her very comprehensive presentation which ‘covered more ground in 15 minutes than he had learned in five years sitting on the board’. Members responded with warm and appreciative applause.

If you are interested in any of these posts, please contact Dani direct at 01397 706044.