The volunteers who give up their free time to help us in our work have been thanked for their immense contribution during an event held to mark Volunteers Week.
There are approximately 100 volunteers registered with ²gether, performing a wide range of roles throughout Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
A tea party was held at Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester Rugby Club, earlier this afternoon, in order to thank them for all that they do and recognise their significance within the Trust.
Richard Szadziewski, one of ²gether’s Non Executive Directors, thanked the volunteers during a speech in which he paid tribute to their commitment.
He said: “You bring energy, your own life experiences and commitment to the service. In short, you give so much of yourselves and expect little in return.
“You are amazing people doing amazing things and you are making life better for people.”
The volunteers who attended the event included Geoff Baldwin, 45, from Bishops Cleeve. He helps to coordinate some of our Let’s Talk courses held in Cheltenham, and also meets and greets participants, helping to put them at ease.
“I like helping people and have always wanted to help people,” he explained.
“I really enjoy volunteering. It gives me a sense of pride and there’s nothing better than someone coming up to you after they’ve attended a course and thanking you for the help you gave them.”
Another volunteer at the event was Tracie Hodge, 41, from Churchdown. She and her Border Terrier Ellie – a Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog – volunteer at Charlton Lane Hospital, in Cheltenham.
“We visit the hospital once a week and go around the wards, spending 30 to 40 minutes on each one,” said Tracie.
“Patients like to stroke Ellie, sit with her, groom her and take her on short walks around the garden.
“She really enjoys being the centre of attention and she’s very popular with the patients. It’s a great feeling to be giving something back.”
Other ²gether volunteers perform roles such as volunteer driving, assisting in our library, counselling, data collection, and helping with sports and activity groups.
You can read our Volunteer Strategy by clicking here.