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‘Uplifting’ celebration of community volunteers

Charity: Intacts CEO Denise Hartley and volunteers skills and development manager Helen Dixon with all their volunteers

Charity: Intacts CEO Denise Hartley and volunteers skills and development manager Helen Dixon with all their volunteers

A community group has held a special event to reward and recognise its volunteers.

Scores of people turned out to Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (Intact), which was celebrating its 20th anniversary.

And leaders described the day as a “wonderful” and “upliftifting” event.

Chief executive officer Denise Hartley said: “It was wonderful to see so many people and see how they benefit from volunteering. Some had written letters and read them out and it brought a tear to my eye.

“They come and build friendships, they gain self esteem, they are more happy and they are also gaining that valuable work experience to put on their CV when they are looking for a job.”

The event was held during national volunteering week, and Denise said: “They bring so much to the role. They have a multitude of experiences and they are helping us to deliver our services to people who are more needy in the community. But they also benefit, so it’s a two-way partnership.”

Volunteers were presented with a certificate, and also pens engraved with the group’s mission: “Making a difference by being there.”

Intact chairman Bill Shannon described the event as “wonderful” and a “very uplifting afternoon”.

Organiser Helen Dixon said: “We have given out 70 certificates to our volunteer team who do a variety of roles, including teaching IT skills, employability skills, help with gardening, catering, reception, social activities, DIY, governance and sports. They can volunteer in a wide range of youth activities such as craft clubs, fishing and learning lounge.

“Their energy and commitment is outstanding and we have the very best team of volunteers a centre could ask for.”

 

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