On the 7th of June, at Beaverbrooks House, the Carers’ team put on an event to celebrate the help it receives from volunteers. This event took place at the end of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and it was a simple get-together, to celebrate, and to give a chance for all volunteers to meet.
There are numerous volunteers, all helping the Carers Centre in different departments; drivers, reception, Rocco’s Pantry, ICHER, fundraising, shopper, craft group, housekeeping, maintenance, counsellors, trustees, Myerscough College, admin, group/club work helping and supporting the paid staff in each department. There are also a number of events that volunteers help at, such as bag packing at ASDA.
Those with green fingers have helped in the garden, and over 100 volunteers are needed to help at Lytham Festival on the 4th August 2017 (call Terry on 01253 393748 for more information).
The Volunteer Celebration started at 4pm, with each volunteer being allocated to a table. An ice-breaking activity took place, with us trying to name the celebrity faces on the sheet of paper given to each team. This was a good mingling activity, giving each volunteer a chance to get to know fellow volunteers, as each team had a team captain who was a paid member of the Carers Centre staff. This allowed the volunteers to meet other volunteers and staff, as most of the jobs available at the Centre are singular work, therefore it gave a chance to improve teamwork skills by making the team-members known to each attendee.
The event then became a quiz with 40 questions based on general knowledge, giving the chance for volunteers of all ages to share information, starting from the animated children’s TV show Peppa Pig and finishing with the classic 80’s singer Stuart Leslie Goddard (Adam Ant). Naturally there was an amazing prize for the winning team – a jar of chocolate truffles!!
An amazing buffet food was provided by Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, and then there was a free raffle, giving volunteers a further chance to win some brilliant prizes provided and donated from different areas of Blackpool, including a meal and show at Talk of the Coast at the Viking Hotel, free milkshakes and food from West Coast Rock Café and West Coast Choc Cafes, bottles of wine, and some gift sets.
To further thank the volunteers, the workers gave heart-warming speeches throughout the evening, bringing laughter and tears to the room.
Each volunteer was then presented with a Volunteer Appreciation Award and a special book mark, thanking them for their “contribution and outstanding dedicated service in support of the charity” which was signed by Chief Officer Michelle Smith. The volunteers then had a wonderful group photograph at the front of the building, showing off the smiles that volunteering at the Carers Centre achieves.
The evening was a lovely chance for the workers and volunteers to meet and get to know each other, and I think I speak for everyone when I say I had a brilliant time, and I give Terry and the other staff a massive thank you!
If you would like to volunteer with the Carers Centre, please call Terry on 01253 393748 for more information.