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Lancashire residents are being encouraged to make a difference by giving up some of their spare time to volunteer.

Libraries around the county will be holding drop-in sessions where information will be on-hand about volunteering opportunities.

The sessions are being held to tie in with national Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 29.

They will also be a chance to thank current volunteers for the contributions they have made to their communities.

County Coun Mike Calvert, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: “Make a Difference Day is about encouraging people to come forward and get involved to help their community.

“We realise that people who are interested will want to find out more, so we’ve organised events where people can drop into their local library to talk to our staff.

“These are informal events where you can come down for a quick chat, find out where opportunities are currently available, and have your volunteering questions answered.”

Many of the volunteer opportunities involve helping people use swimming pools, cinemas or other community facilities, or simply visiting someone’s home for a chat.

Coun Calvert said: “These only seem like small gestures, but they can make a huge difference to someone’s life.”

Preston’s Harris Library will play host on October 29 between 12noon and 2pm, Leyland on October 27, from 2pm to 4pm, and Chorley on November 4, from 1pm to 3pm.

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