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This week is Volunteer’s Week, and this weekend that is aligned with The Big Help Out.

Whenever I have found myself with some spare time, I have tried to find ways to help out by volunteering.

When I had my adorable terrier Bella, who was the gentlest soul and loved everybody, she and I volunteered with the PAT dog scheme.

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PAT, or Pets as Therapy arranges for well behaved dogs, cats and rabbits to visit people in hospitals, nursing homes or any place where people are missing the contact of four-legged friends.

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She and I visited a local nursing home.

She quickly learned which people were most likely to give her a treat and make a fuss of her, and I found her presence helped me to open a conversation and have a chat.

Later, I volunteered for Mid Downs Radio at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath for two hours a week.

After a couple of sad stays as a patient myself, I recognised the need for a live hospital radio station to provide some cheer. And I learnt new skills and met some wonderful people as well.

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The Big Help Out is to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK and provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities.

It is not a profit making or fundraising initiative. Categories for volunteers include with older people, children and sport, and animal welfare.

The Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club are holding a Big Help Out event in Hove Park on this Sunday, June 9, form 11.30am-4pm.

You would be most welcome to come and meet local charities, find out how easy it is to support them and volunteer.

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There will be lots of family fun with games, a dog show, and music.

It would be a great way to find out how you can also make a difference to our local community.

Our vet on the coast, Dr Marc Abraham OBE will be one of the dog show judges.

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