We held an Afternoon Tea at the Southend Mayor’s House Porters on Wednesday to thank volunteers for all they do for the charity.
More than 30 volunteers attended the Afternoon Tea at Porters, the historic Civic house of Southend-on-Sea. Trust Links has more than 50 volunteers who support the charity with running its projects in South East Essex. Volunteers help in a variety of ways including supporting members in their gardening activities at the four Growing Together community gardens, providing counselling to unpaid carers, helping run Trust Links community events and driving the minibus to ensure beneficiaries can get to the charity’s sites and go out on day trips.
The Afternoon Tea for Trust Links volunteers, kindly funded by the Leigh on Sea Lions Club charitable trust, was held as part of Volunteers’ Week, which is held at the beginning of June each year. During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.
The Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, Cllr Derek Jarvis, said "The financial and social benefits to our local community from people giving their time to volunteer is invaluable. Volunteering is not just about giving but can also benefit the volunteers who can gain knowledge, skills and increased confidence and wellbeing.”
Matt King, Chief Executive of Trust Links, said "We are most grateful to our wonderful volunteers for all they do for the charity. It was lovely to recognise this during Volunteers Week by holding the celebratory Afternoon Tea at Porters. Trust Links volunteers receive induction, training and support from our excellent Volunteer Co-ordinators and find the roles both fulfilling and enjoyable. We are currently looking for more volunteer trustees for the charity and have other volunteer roles available for people looking to offer their time and skills.”
Trust Links is actively recruiting trustees for the charity, who help govern and oversee the charity’s strategy. Trust Links is also keen to hear from people to help support people with mental health problems and children and young people’s projects across South East Essex. For more information see 'Get Involved' above or call 01702 213134.
Volunteers from Trust Links with the Mayor of Southend Cllr Derek Jarvis at Porters.