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This year will mark the Isle of Man’s first ever all-island Volunteers’ Week, which is set to be launched on March 1.

Celebrating and appreciating the work of volunteers has been the aim of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in the UK for 30 years, where Volunteers’ Week takes place annually during the first week in June.

The Noble’s Hospital Volunteer Service is spearheading the launch of the first-ever Isle of Man Volunteers’ Week during the week of March 1 to 7.

The island’s voluntary organisations are encouraged to celebrate Volunteers’ Week by saying ‘thank you’, to their existing volunteers and encourage other people to sign up to volunteering.

Noble’s Hospital Volunteers Service is organising the island’s biggest ever volunteer recruitment drive.

This year’s theme is based on the popular card game ‘Happy Families’ and the Sefton Group has sponsored the event, which it is free for the public to attend.

Alison Lester, Noble’s Hospital volunteer service manager, said: ‘The purpose behind organising this event is to “match” the right volunteer to the right organisation.

‘This is a free event for the public.

‘Anyone considering volunteering is invited to come along to the Sefton Hotel Garden room, on Saturday, March 1, from 10am – 2pm.’

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