Community Support Service Groups to Be Showcased at Summer Fayre in ‘Help Is at Hand!’ Pavilion

The annual Syston Summer Fayre to be held this year on Central Park on Saturday 2nd September, offers community support organisations an annual opportunity to publicise their services, extend their client base, recruit members, attract volunteer support and raise much-needed funds. This year, many of them will, as usual, organise their independent displays. With the benefit of a subsidy from the Volunteer Centre, others – many of them participating for the first time – will showcase themselves in a special ‘Help is at Hand!’ Pavilion organised by the Centre.
Syston and neighbouring communities are exceptionally well-served by the number of currently active support groups. In an ongoing survey, Syston and District Volunteer Centre has already identified over 150 such organisations, many of them led by volunteers, offering social, cultural, sporting, educational, financial, medical, health and emotional support to those in need and enhancing the quality of life for people of all ages.
Many of these groups operate ‘under the radar’ with a great deal of work being put in by small but dedicated groups of volunteers. As a result, too many local residents ‘suffer in silence’, experiencing great inconvenience, distress and loneliness simply through ignorance of what support is available locally.
Centre Trustee, Colin Grimes, says: “The Volunteer Centre has a proud record of matching local needs with local support services. Through this event, we are pleased to offer financial and organisational support to deserving community groups. To complement those organisations with a presence at the Fayre, the Centre has also launched an on-line Directory of Community Support Services Organisations (www.syston-vc.org/directory) which offers a ‘one-stop’ guide to what is available and clearly demonstrates that, whatever the individual need might be, there is likely to be a local solution. Printed copies of the Directory will be made available from the Volunteer Centre’s own stand.”