In the space of only five years, the Hosts has grown to become one of Knutsford’s largest voluntary groups, with more than 100 community volunteers who support the town in many ways. This year, we were honoured to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of our outstanding contribution to the town. The QAVS is the MBE for voluntary groups.
Since we started, we have helped countless local events, charities, organisations and activities including the Knutsford Lions, Royal May Day, RHS Tatton, Knutsford Grow, Knutsford Heritage Centre, RVS Good Neighbour, the Pumpkin Path, Knutsford’s Christmas events, The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, the Knutsford Jog, the Knutsford Lions, Knutsford Music Festival, Lions Christmas Appeal, bulb planting, the Tatton Yule Yomp, Knutsford Heritage Open Days, the Manor Park reading scheme, Sharston House, CarersTrust4all, the Tabley House Collection…it’s a long list!
The reason behind our success is our innovative set-up. Firstly, we operate town-wide as a ‘bank’ of community volunteers and any organisation or event can draw on us for support. This means that being a Knutsford Host means lots of variety. Secondly, we don’t ask for a minimum time commitment or regular volunteering. This means it is a very flexible scheme. We open up the opportunity for anyone, no matter how much (or how little) time they have to spare, to do their bit for our lovely town as and when they can.
And many hands do, indeed, make a difference. Collectively, we achieve a huge amount. In 2018, we contributed 3,000 hours of community volunteering time!
Anyone who wants to help represent the town, by supporting the events and groups that make it such a great place to live, work and visit, is welcome to apply to become a Knutsford Host. Simply contact us via this website. We’re the widest possible mix of ages and backgrounds. And in today’s busy world, we promise: it feels good to make a positive contribution!
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