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New volunteer group wants to spruce up Downham Market

PUBLISHED: 14:55 10 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:55 10 June 2013

Downham Vounteers at work. Picture: Submitted.

Downham Vounteers at work. Picture: Submitted.

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A new volunteer group hopes to harness community spirit to help get things done in Downham Market.

One of its first activities will be a Big Clean Up in aid of Downham in Bloom, which is taking place next month.

Downham-based businesswoman Liz Pendleton, who founded the group, said: “By raising awareness of local issues, and thinking in new ways, we can create and share opportunities to come together as neighbours, show we care about our town and to benefit each other as well as ourselves.”

“We all need to take responsibility for improving our own environment - it is not someone else’s problem. Helping is fun, and can be for as little as one hour, anyone can join, the only requirement is that you want to, and we just hope that you do.”

Downham Volunteers will help out with both one-off and regular projects, making the group suitable for the many people who would like to get involved and have a positive input into their community, but might not have enough spare time to make a regular commitment.

The scheme, which aims to bring members of the community of all ages and experiences together and build up a network of volunteers, has been approved by Downham Market Town Council but is privately funded.

It is hoped that members will have the opportunity to develop new relationships and help others to help themselves by taking on new responsibilities, learning new skills, having fun and revelling in moments of success.

Once registered with the scheme, members will then receive information about individual projects.

It up to each member discretion whether he or she would like to participate or not. There is no commitment to joining Downham Volunteers.

One of the very first projects the Downham Volunteers will be involved in will be the Downham Market in Bloom 2013 - Big Clean Up. This day of action takes place in the town on Sunday, July 7.

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