Altrincham Hosts, a new community volunteering initiative for Altrincham town centre, will launch next month.
Altrincham Hosts has been modelled on the highly successful Knutsford Hosts initiative, which has been running for three years and is a town-wide family of 85 community volunteers who promote Knutsford and support its many events, local organisations and charities. The founders credit the of success of the initiative with the fact that they are not aligned to any one organisation, and their Hosts can lend a hand to events, causes and activities according to their own time, talents and interests.
Launched by Altrincham Unlimited (Altrincham’s Business Improvement District), Altrincham Hosts will kick off with its first recruitment event at Altrincham Town Hall on Friday 23rd June from 5-7pm.
The launch event will be attended by three well-known local honorary Hosts, who will be actively supporting the initiative; Graham Brady, prospective local Conservative candidate; Joan Scott, Vice Principal of Trafford College and Matt Colledge, former Leader of Trafford Council who was greatly involved in the revival of Altrincham town centre. Sarah Flannery, the founder of Knutsford Hosts, will also be at the event to offer advice and insight into the scheme.
Katie Bland, BID Manager for Altrincham Unlimited said:
“The BID here in Altrincham is committed to supporting positive community engagement, a united spirit and pride in Altrincham.
“We have seen at first-hand how the Knutsford Hosts scheme is a truly inclusive and friendly volunteering group that supports a number of excellent events, organisations and causes. The scheme bolsters the local Knutsford economy while at the same time gives the Hosts a rewarding and fun experience; it’s a real win-win for local organisations and the volunteers themselves. We’re very grateful to our three honorary Altrincham Hosts, Graham Brady, Joan Scott and Matt Colledge for supporting this scheme, and invite as many people as possible to come along and find out more at our launch event on Friday 23rd June.”
Knutsford Host founder Sarah Flannery said: “It’s so exciting to see that Altrincham Unlimited is launching Altrincham Hosts. Since we launched with the simple but unique idea of having a town-wide resource of community volunteers to promote the town and support our many events, local organisations and charities, we’ve made a huge contribution to our town. It’s a testament to the incredible efforts of our 85-strong team that Altrincham has seen the value of adopting a similar scheme to support their vision of greater community engagement and a reinvigorated local economy. We’re really looking forward to helping them launch Altrincham Hosts.”
To find out more about becoming an Altrincham Host please contact Altrincham Unlimited at email@example.com or telephone 0161 924 2239.