Making better use of volunteering

Kirklees Council has unveiled a plan to make better use of equipment, skills and the time that volunteers give up to help their communities.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 12th April 2015, 8:30 am
Kirklees Council's chief service officer Rachael Loftus.
Kirklees Council's chief service officer Rachael Loftus.

The Comoodle project is intended to bring people together to share resources and skills with a view to saving time and money, and doing more work with less waste.

Kirklees Council’s chief service officer Rachael Loftus, who is at the helm of the project, said: “It could be when one person has a lawnmower and one person has a strimmer – it’s about creating a better sharing economy.

“The right level of bureaucracy in the right places will help us to achieve it.”

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She said projects that would likely be rolled out in Kirklees included volunteer visits to elderly people to fight loneliness.

She also suggested a mentoring programme for young men, possibly lead by older men who had previously been in involved with crime or drugs and wanted to make a positive contribution to avoid young people making similar mistakes.

The council has been given €1m to get the project off the ground as part of a broader programme called Cities of Service, which was set up former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg.

Kirklees was one of only a handful of councils across the globe chosen to take part in the volunteer and resource sharing project.

Visit www.comoodle.comfor more information.