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Parliament networking event proves big success
9:00am Sunday 16th September 2012 in Local news
An Otley-based initiative designed to help charities and volunteers find their best match has been welcomed to Westminster.
A View From the Hill, set up by Edward Ryder – the director of Otley marketing firm Biskit – held a reception and networking event at Portcullis House last week thanks to help from MP Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West).
The event enabled all atte-nding charities and commu-nity groups who registered to list the skills they needed, while volunteers with busi-ness skills, ranging from legal expertise to human resources, listed their talents.
Mr Ryder said: “We are in the midst of tough economic times.
“Changing funding streams are creating problems for charities and companies alike.
“As a result, we need to look to each other for support and tap into the wealth of opportunity and expertise available. It’s all about estab-lishing win-win partnerships.
“I have spent the past 12 months on a number of charity projects, and felt the time was right to set up A View From The Hill. I am delighted at the support offered by my local MP, Greg Mulholland, in securing a venue at Portcullis House.”
Mr Mulholland said: “I was delighted to welcome A View From The Hill to Parliament to give them a platform to promote this fantastic initiative to volunteers from a wide range of sectors.
“There is a real need for volunteers with business skills to support charities and community groups. Not only will this make a huge difference to many people’s lives, it also offers an opportunity for volunteers to develop their own personal skills at the same time.”