Volunteers Week hailed a massive success

DSC_0065Volunteers from across North Warwickshire celebrated in style during national Volunteers Week (1st – 7th June). The Volunteer Centre organised a week full of activities to recruit and thank volunteers.

The week started with an event held in partnership with Bromford Hub, Atherstone. People with learning disabilities were invited along to find out about volunteering and how having a learning disability was not a barrier to helping their community. The event recruited two new volunteers who will be helping in the White Hart Tea Room and the Garden Buddy scheme run by the Volunteer Centre.

Tuesday saw the Volunteer Centre offering free homemade cake to potential volunteers as an exhibition on volunteering offered people the chance to find out more about volunteering and training. The Deputy Mayor of North Warwickshire Cllr Ray Sweet cut the ribbon at the event which saw 50 people come through the door.

Staff and volunteers at the Volunteer Centre didn’t stop there. On Wednesday the centre was buzzing with lots of cooking taking place for the ‘Celebration Lunch’ taking place the following day, we were expecting over 100 people to attend and we weren’t disappointed.

The lunch held at Coleshill Town Hall was attended by over 120 volunteers and their guests. The event was open by Cllr Bill Richards, Mayor of Coleshill and Cllr Dominic Ferro, Mayor of North Warwickshire. After a couple of short speeches the entertainment began as Carl the magician got to the stage to have the audience in stiches. Certificates were then handed out to groups of volunteers from across North Warwickshire as a way of saying thank you for all the work they do to help our community. Lunch was then served by the White Hart Tea Room Help at Hand volunteers – funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme – and everyone agreed what a great day it had been.

Adam Farrell, Volunteer Development Co-ordinator said “The Volunteer Centre would like to thank everyone who helped to make this day a success and the volunteers across North Warwickshire who give their time week in and week out to help our community. We can’t wait till Volunteers Week 2014!”