Volunteers in North Warwickshire have been given special recognition this week.
The Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire held an event to recognise the time people in the local community give up and the hard work they do to help others.
To mark thirty years of Volunteers’ Week a tea and cake drop and certificate presentation was held in the volunteer run White Hart Tea Room.
Organisations that rely heavily on volunteers were there to award their volunteers with certificates and to have a piece of cake and a cup of tea.
Volunteer Centre Chairman Neale Williams said “It is fabulous to see so many volunteers from so many organisations attend our celebration. It’s great to say thank you to people in person”
Christine Dilworth from KeyRing popped in with her volunteer David Stupples and member Stephen Hardy. KeyRing’s support is based on people living in their own homes but sharing their skills and talents with each other and with their communities. There’s a volunteer in each network who sees members regularly. The volunteer is like a good neighbour who will help out if difficulties arise.
Stephen relies a lot on the work of volunteer David, who supports him in a KeyRing community. Stephen says David is always there for me; he makes me feel safe and gives me good advice. It’s really good that people like David volunteer, there should be more like him in the community”
David has been volunteering for a couple of years now and says it has broadened his horizons. “I enjoy helping other people and giving them the opportunity to have a better quality of life”
New Credit Union, Cook It Project, The Friendship Care and Housing Project and the Friendship Project for Children were also there to make sure their volunteers get recognised.
Volunteers’ Week is a national celebration of volunteering across the country and always takes place in the first week of June.
The Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire works to help organisations find volunteers and to help people in North Warwickshire find suitable volunteering opportunities.
There are many benefits to volunteering. Some people do it to meet others, some people want to put the experience on their CV.
If you are thinking about volunteering, go to www.vcnw.org.uk to find out more and register your interest. You can also give the centre a call on 01827 717073.