It’s undeniable that without our amazing volunteers, Contact the Elderly simply wouldn’t exist. Because of that, we believe it’s essential to say a big ‘thank you’ to our volunteers as often as we can, and one of those ways is through our annual thank you awards which recognise many years of volunteering, as well as those whose efforts are truly exceptional.
In previous years, we have presented these awards at the AGM, but for 2017 thought we would take these out to a range of more local places across the UK, to enable even more people to attend. With the support of The Marsh Christian Trust, we were thrilled to be able to have events in Yorkshire, Scotland, London and the Midlands, with attendees from far and wide!
The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 as a grant-making body by Brian Marsh. Over the past 30 years the Trust has developed an Awards Scheme to provide recognition to those who modestly work to improve the world we live in. Recipients of these awards are always people who make a difference by selflessly contributing their time and energy to causes that they believe in. Contact the Elderly are delighted to have worked in partnership with The Marsh Christian Trust for many years, and the Awards they run in partnership with us form part of a larger scheme of some 75 Awards that they run in collaboration with charitable organisations, across the areas of Social Welfare, the Arts, Heritage and Conservation.
Across the four events, we gave awards to 22 amazing volunteers, based across the UK, recognising their dedicated and loyal efforts. These awards were nominated by the local Development Officers and Support Officers, for the volunteers they believe go that extra mile for our older guests and their group. But many more volunteers were also able to attend the events, giving volunteers from similar areas the opportunity to get together and share stories and advice, as well as a chance for them to hear news of upcoming plans.
Overall they were four fantastic efforts and a great privilege for our staff to attend to meet just a few of the volunteers who make possible everything we do. Two of our volunteers summed up exactly why the work of our tea parties is so worthwhile, by saying:
“You can see straight away the difference you are making and it is so rewarding.”
“Volunteering with Contact the Elderly really opens your eyes to just how lonely people are and I am so pleased to have been able to do something about that.”