Volunteers asked to come forward to help celebrate 75 years of CVS

A BURNLEY charity wants to hear from anyone who has been a volunteer as it prepares to celebrate 75 years of service.

In 2010 the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service celebrated 75 years of service to the local community, and to mark that special anniversary it successfully applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to research and record its history.

That history will take the form of a book, an exhibition and special section of the charity’s website and a series of recorded interviews.

Heritage Project co-ordinator Edward Lee said: “We have volunteers currently researching the facts and figures of the CVS history and that information will play an important part in recording everything that we have done over the years.

“But equally important to us is the social history of the CVS and the many schemes and projects we have been involved in.


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“We want to put that into context by interviewing people who have been helped in any way by the CVS or who have either worked for us or volunteered on our behalf. We want the history to be a living history full of people’s memories – and we need to talk to as many people as possible.”

A team of volunteers has already been trained by representatives from the North West Sound Archive based at Clitheroe Castle – and the ultimate aim of this aspect of the project is for the finished recordings to be stored at the sound archive for posterity.

The recordings may also be used as part of the exhibition and on the website – and extracts may even be included in the book.

Anyone who believes they have a story to tell should contact Edward Lee on 01282 433740 (extension 1040) or email [email protected]