Mike is taking the pledge to encourage people throughout the area to give time to benefit the local community, after joining broadcaster and campaigner, Esther Rantzen in the build up to CSV Make a Difference Day.
CSV Make a Difference Day, is the UK’s biggest single day of volunteering and this year the focus is sharing skills and personal passions to support the local community. The campaign is looking to demonstrate how giving time through volunteering with friends, family and neighbours and being an active member of the community can help local community clubs, groups and small charities survive during difficult economic times.
After school and sports clubs, small charities and community groups urgently need people to share their skills and passion to help them survive. From web design, marketing or accountancy to a personal passion for photography, gardening or music – everyone has a skill they can use to help others.
Esther Rantzen has given Mike and other MPs a ‘pledge kit’ with a host of ideas to benefit others, such as sharing their career skills with local community clubs, groups and small charities, planting flowers in a local park, baking a Banana and Chocolate Chip Cake to donate to a lonely neighbour, homeless shelter or nursing home and even knitting hand puppets for children.
To find out more about volunteering on CSV Make a Difference Day go online at www.csv.org.uk/difference.