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AS National Volunteers' Week continues, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has pledged its support for a county-wide partnership that aims to enhance and improve volunteering opportunities for local people.
There are currently more than 400 volunteers giving up their free time to assist GMFRS and help improve the lives of people of Greater Manchester.
The Service has signed the 'Vision for Volunteering in Greater Manchester' which aims to ensure that volunteering remains at the heart of life in the county and that more and more people from a diverse of background become volunteers.
The Vision, which is being launched by the Volunteering Greater Manchester (VGM) partnership, is about ensuring volunteering is a matter of free choice, inclusive and accessible, providing good quality and meaningful opportunities, and that recognition is given for the contribution volunteers make.
It's also about ensuring that organisations understand the value of volunteer involvement and that managing and supporting volunteers is seen as an important and key role within the organisation.
In signing the Vision, GMFRS is committing to create easier access to volunteering for all, increase the diversity of volunteers, share and disseminate best practice in volunteer management, enable collaboration, partnership and strategic approaches to volunteering and encourage better resourcing of volunteering.
Since the Service's volunteering programme started in 2008 volunteers have donated almost 185,300 hours of their own time to help GMFRS - which smashed the original target set in 2011 of reaching 100,000 hours by April 2014.
GMFRS' Service Support Prevention Manager, Stuart Millington, said: "At GMFRS we have around 450 volunteers who give up their time to help us support the community.
"They help us in many areas, including post-incident clean ups, cycle patrols, cadet instructors and general volunteer tasks such as helping out at events.
"Signing up to the VGM Vision for Volunteering shows our commitment to enhancing volunteering opportunities and one of the main aims is to work in partnership with other organisations to increase, support and encourage volunteering best practice."
Rod Homes, who has been a GMFRS volunteer for four years, said: "I really enjoy delivering fire safety advice to children as believe that if we catch their attention early on in life the valuable advice will stay with them.
"Volunteering at GMFRS gives you the chance to do things no other volunteering opportunity does. You work alongside fire crews and the training is brilliant - including first aid studying for qualifications that can help you in your career."