Group marks golden jubilee

VOLUNTEERS in Ipswich are celebrating 50 years of helping their community.The Ipswich Council for Voluntary Service (ICVS) is marking its golden year during 2009 and is currently holding an exhibition of its work in the town's library.

VOLUNTEERS in Ipswich are celebrating 50 years of helping their community.

The Ipswich Council for Voluntary Service (ICVS) is marking its golden year during 2009 and is currently holding an exhibition of its work in the town's library.

ICVS aims to enable people, groups and organisations to positively impact on their own communities by identifying, helping and supporting voluntary action.

Since it was set up in 1959 it has worked with groups such as the African Women's Group, Karibu, the Disabled Advice Bureau, Ipswich Scouts, the Russian School, the Ipswich Polish Club, the Town and Bridge Project and Volunteer Ipswich.

ICVS chief executive, Liz Louch, said: “ICVS is a constantly evolving membership organisation working with many groups and individual activists in Ipswich.

“We play an essential role in the community by nurturing and enabling people and the groups they represent to develop their ideas and plans, then realising their aspirations.

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“But after 50 years service we are still asked 'What does ICVS do?'

“With this at the forefront of our thinking we want our 50th Birthday to celebrate our past, raise awareness of our present and clearly define our future role in Ipswich and district.

“Our support and help over the last 50 years includes developing and nurturing throughout the 1950s and 1960s the work of the Afro-Caribbean communities, housing and play schemes.

“The 1960s and 1970s saw the development of the Bangladeshi communities, positive change in disabled rights and the beginning of the Ipswich Citizens Advice Bureau.

“The 1980s and 1990s brought a growth in individual rights, particularly in the areas of welfare, race and mental health and ICVS was there, supporting, developing and enabling community action.”

For more information about ICVS visit Ipswich Library in Northgate Street until May 11, call 01473 261111 or e-mail enquiries@ipswich-cvs.org.uk.

Have you been helped by ICVS? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.