Volunteers are special people
Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton belongs to a collection of charities called the 800 Group. Our partners in the 800 group are Bradbury Fields, Henshaws, Imagine, St..Joseph’s Hospice, Liverpool Mutual homes, Merseyside Society for Deaf People, Nugent, Asylum Link, Chinese Wellbeing, Irish community Care and Mary Seacole House. We all have our roots in Merseyside and together we have over 800 years of history of serving local people – hence the 800 in the name. We work together to make life better for local people by sharing our skills and using our collective scale to reduce costs and meke our charities more efficient and effective.
Each year the 800 group comes together to recognise and honour the volunteers, who make our charitable work possible, at a special awards evening. It is always difficult selecting which volunteers to invite to the awards event as between us we have over 1,300 volunteers all of whom deserve recognition. All of the volunteers attending the event received a voucher for afternoon tea for 2 at The Richmond Hotel in Hatton Gardens in recognition of their fantastic service to the charities often over many years. Eight of the 800 Group charities had nominated volunteers for awards and the winners were volunteers who help out with a wide variety of tasks including: supporting lunch clubs, being a chef, helping clients to participate in drama, befriending, fundraising, being a group leader for people with learning disabilities and a charity shop volunteer.
This year we had staff from the charities voting for the winners of the awards and we had an overall winner who was chosen by our sponsors, Towergate Insurance. This year’s overall winner was Cathy McCormick from Nugent who has worked as a volunteer for 26 years with a group of people with learning disabilities in Warrington.
The Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton winner was Pat Jinkins who helps out at our Poppy Centre Social Club both with the older people who attend and sometimes in the kitchen. Pat is a great lady who is always cheerful, practical and a very hard worker. It was wonderful to see pat’s delight when her award was announced.
Pat is pictured here with the High Sheriff of Merseyside, Mr. Stephen Burrows, receiving her award. The High Sheriff also provided an inspiring speech were he praised all of our volunteers for the magnificent work they do and what they put back into the local community.
Being a volunteer does mean hard work and commitment, but our volunteers tell us that it also provides a feeling of real satisfaction; knowing that they are doing something wonderful to help other people.
If, after reading this, you are interested in becoming a volunteer please phone us on 01704 542 993, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website https://www.ageconcernliverpoolandsefton.org.uk/support/volunteer.