Enjoying rewards from the Community Credit Scheme with the Volunteer Centre Dorset (From Dorset Echo)
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Enjoying rewards from the Community Credit Scheme with the Volunteer Centre Dorset
COMMUNITY spirited volunteers taking part in a new scheme have been enjoying their rewards.
The Volunteer Centre Dorset has been running a Community Credit Scheme that rewards volunteers with credits to use at local leisure facilities.
One local company taking part is the Plaza Cinema in Dorchester, which offers free sessions to volunteers at non peak times.
Volunteers with learning disabilities and their volunteer buddies have been taking advantage of the scheme, with two credits acquired through volunteering allowing them to access a two-hour film or three credits for a three-hour film.
Zoe McDonald from the Plaza said: “We are supporting the credits scheme as we always try to help local people in the community when we can.”
The volunteering scheme covers Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport.
It has included a group of people attending the Adult Education Centre in Weymouth who have been earning credits by delivering the Volunteer Centre Dorset newsletter and helping to make tea for the charity Mencap at a recent event.
Co-ordinator Siobhan Davis said: “This group has been extremely supportive of the scheme, and has always been enthusiastic and willing to partake in most voluntary opportunities given to them.
“As well as earning credits they have been meeting new people and learning valuable skills which can be transferable into working life.”
As well as the Plaza, other leisure venues taking part in the scheme include the Weymouth and Portland Swimming Pool, Lodmoor Pitch and Putt, Bridport Leisure Centre, Dorchester Arts Centre, Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport Golf Course and the Osprey Leisure Centre on Portland.
Siobhan said she wanted to thank Laura Kerr and the Sherborne and Dorchester Friendship Club for their support as well as Matthew Price from Blue Skies Thinking.
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