Volunteers thanked for their hard work

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The amazing work of our volunteers has been celebrated at a special event attended by staff, volunteers, governors, directors and our chairman, Andy Trotter.

The event, at Hall Place in Bexley on 6 July, gave volunteers the chance to meet each other and share their experiences. One of our volunteers who attended was 89-year-old Alan Bates, who has tirelessly volunteered for the past 17 years at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup.

Stacey Bracey shared her experience on our Volunteer to Work Scheme and how, after accessing various mental health and learning disability services she is now in full-time paid employment.

Also sharing her experience of volunteering was Rita Bennett who felt socially isolated after retiring from a high-powered job working for the BBC. Volunteering at Queen Mary’s Hospital has completely changed this and she loved helping out with clients.

The event included live entertainment, lunch, a cake stall and a variety of fun fair stalls where visitors could win prizes. The raffle winners were announced by Estelle Frost, Director of our Older People’s Mental Health Services.

She said: “The atmosphere has been so lovely and it is great that an outdoors event could be organised. The volunteers I have spoken to are all amazing and are contributing so much to the trust.”

The event is our way of showing our appreciation to over 300 volunteers who contributed to 80,876 hours of work from March 2015 to 2016.

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“The event was at such a lovely venue, the atmosphere was great and I didn’t realise how many other volunteers there are in Oxleas. It’s nice to have a day out and be appreciated for what we do, it makes me feel really valued.”
 
“The speakers were really good; I had a lovely massage and won some prizes on the fair games.”
 
“Today made me feel valued as a volunteer of Oxleas.”
 
“I found it very enjoyable and a friendly event.”

Published on 27th July 2016