A Thank You Goes A Long Way

A Thank You Goes A Long Way

People in Coleshill were recognised for the time they spend helping others this week.

The Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire held a recognition event in the town hall for people who volunteer in the local community and beyond.

Over fifty people turned up to be awarded a special Volunteers’ Week certificate by the centre, which makes rewarding people who volunteer one of their top priorities.

The Mayor of Coleshill, Town Councillor Harry Taylor handed out the certificates to people from the Coleshill Hub, The Coleshill Charity Knitting Group, The Mary Ann Evans Hospice Charity Shop, Warwickshire Association for the Blind, Coleshill in Bloom, the Royal British Legion, the Coleshill Help at Hand Team, Coleshill Civic Society, the Toy Library Project, the Coleshill Parish Trust Fund and many more.

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The Mayor presenting a certificate to a volunteer

Mary Ann Evans

The Mayor with the team from the Mary Ann Evans Hospice Charity Shop










The Mayor of Coleshill said “It’s great to see so many people at the event, there’s more people than I thought there would be. It’s really good that so many of our residents sacrifice their time to help others when they themselves are so busy with other things in their lives and their families. The Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire have put on a really worthwhile event for the community of Coleshill. It’s great recognition for people who don’t usually get a thank you”

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The Mayor with the Coleshill Hub team

The event comes off the back of a special year for volunteering. 2014 marks the thirtieth year of Volunteers’ Week – a national campaign that recognises volunteering across the country.

After the presentation of certificates people were treated to a buffet lunch and cakes.

Patrick Foster Smith volunteers every week at the Coleshill Hub. He said “the event was a brilliant idea.  A thank you goes a long way. I have got more out of being a volunteer than what I put into it.  I would encourage everyone to volunteer, especially youngsters – they can learn so much from it”

The Coleshill Charity Knitting Group

The Coleshill Charity Knitting Group

The event was funded by the Coleshill Parish Trust Fund who gave the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire some money to promote and develop volunteering in the town.

The Volunteer Centre’s Julie Airey planned the event and said “I am pleased that the afternoon was a success and that people enjoyed themselves. I would like to thank everyone who helped us make everything possible”

The Volunteer Centre will continue to work in Coleshill for the rest of the year developing volunteering.

If you are an organisation or know of one who works with volunteers in the town, you can register with the centre and start benefiting in a number of ways. There’s help with recruiting volunteers, promoting volunteering opportunities, volunteering and the law, general good practice around volunteer induction and expenses as well as access to training and specialist knowledge. It is free to register with the Volunteer Centre. Give the centre a ring on 01827 717073.

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The Mayor with the Coleshill in Bloom team

John Wall

The Mayor presents a certificate to John Wall from the Coleshill Parish Trust Fund