This week, we held a huge celebration at Southchurch Hall and Gardens to mark Volunteers Week 2019.
Each year we support over 1,000 people and we have around 80 active volunteers that help to support our members, as well as tending to our community gardens, and we were pleased to welcomed over 40 volunteers to an afternoon tea as a thank you for their ongoing support and dedication.
Volunteers were warmly welcomed by our Volunteer Co-ordinators, Ann Gill and Beverley Parrish, who had arranged a tour of the historic grounds with S.H.I.P (Southchurch Hall Inspirational Parkers). The land was privately owned and lived in until the 1920’s when the Hall and grounds were gifted to the people of Southend, and it made it perfect venue for an afternoon tea.
Trust Links was recently nominated for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, and despite narrowly missing out on winning the award that was announced at the start of the month, we are very proud of the work our volunteers do. From wildlife conservation, to counselling, to supporting wellbeing activities, the range of voluntary roles available are vast, with some volunteers even getting stuck in with sailing, woodwork, music and gardening too.
Matt King said "Trust Links has been running in the Southend area for nearly 20 years and we are growing all of the time. We can only do this with the support of our wonderful volunteers and I am so grateful to each and every one for the time, energy, care and inspiration that they give to our charity.”
He continued " Trust Links transforms the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society and we truly value the contribution that everybody makes to enable us to continue to grow, helping us to help more people."
If you have some time to spare and would like to make a
difference, you can get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinators on
01702 213134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.