Event to celebrate “fantastic” volunteers in town

NEW activities, new opportunities and new ways of getting involved – that’s the promise from the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site as it approaches its tenth anniversary.

As the only World Heritage Site in the East Midlands, the Derwent Valley Mills has been identified as a key growth area for tourism.

And an essential part of helping visitors understand and enjoy their stay is the service provided by the World Heritage volunteers.

The Derwent Valley Mills already has a number of volunteers who give their time to tell their story and greet visitors – but, as the number of tasks grow, more helpers are needed.

So, as part of 2011’s activities for the European Year of Volunteering, the Mills will be thanking and celebrating the contributions of volunteers at an event next month and also encouraging curious newcomers to go along and see what it’s all about.

It will be at Strutt’s North Mill, Belper, from 6.30pm, on Thursday, June 2.

Mill manager Natascha Wintersinger said: “Our celebration falls in the UK’s annual Volunteers’ Week, which acknowledges the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

“We’re not only celebrating the work of the present volunteers but showcasing the different volunteering roles on offer, with taster sessions during the evening, to anyone who wants to find out more.”

For more information, contact Gwen Wilson on 01629 536831 or email gwen.wilson@derbyshire.gov.uk.