Volunteers’ Week for One Community began with a thank you tea party for One Community volunteers and their guests at the newly opened Lakeside Centre at Lakeside Country Park, where on a hot summer’s afternoon on 2 June the glass walls were drawn back and everyone could admire the views over the lakes. Home-made cakes and scones were served and Chief Executive Jean Roberts-Jones took the opportunity to thank the volunteers who make the delivery of One Community services possible.
Stories of a diverse group of volunteers and the very different roles they undertake were the focus of Volunteers’ Week Certificate Presentation events at Eastleigh Football Club and the Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, during Volunteers’ Week.
The voluntary work represented at the Eastleigh event ranged from assisting with the recovery of those affected by drug or alcohol use to conservation tasks at Lakeside Country Park; and at Fareham from volunteer Pauline Steel who has organised tea dances at Titchfield Community Centre for over 40 years to a group of young volunteers from KIDS who have been active in giving young disabled people a voice and in breaking down the barriers disabled people face.
The presentation events, organised by One Community, were to recognise the contribution of volunteers from across the Boroughs of Eastleigh and Fareham, with certificates presented by the Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Maureen Sollitt on Tuesday 6 June and the Mayor of Fareham Cllr Geoff Fazackarley on Wednesday 7 June.
The Eastleigh presentation incorporated the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Youth Awards for Volunteering, a joint initiative of Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh Lions and One Community. The Silver Award (for 50 hours volunteering) going to Lisa Gilham for her football coaching volunteering with Matthew Le Tissier National Coaching at Toynbee School. The Gold Award (for 100 hours volunteering) went to Joshua Buckle for his volunteering with the Royal Victoria Country Park. Runners up awards went to young carers Molly Moore and Robert Sneddon.
82 volunteers from 30 organisations were recognised at the events, and the mayors commended the volunteers for the vital contribution they make to the community.