At this year’s volunteers week, The Nelson Trust celebrated our 80 plus volunteers across the organisation. During the week 1st-7th June we held three events between Stroud and Gloucester to say a big thank you to our volunteers and peer mentors for all their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to their work at the Nelson Trust.
We started the week o with an interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire where two of our peer mentors talked about the great work they do in supporting other clients in their recovery and in running peer support groups across the trust on Dom Cotter’s lunchtime show.
Tuesday saw the British Red Cross deliver an insightful and practical session in everyday first aid at the Hub Academy. This free training enables our volunteers to gain basic skills that are incredibly useful in their roles and in everyday life.
Throughout the week we posted volunteer spotlights to celebrate a number of volunteers who really go above and beyond in their service. These were posted on our social media and presented to the individuals at our two thank you events. We also received some wonderful comments from the public at our appreciation stations around the Hubs.
Over the rest of the week we ran two thank you events, one at the Hub Academy in Stroud where our Chair of Trustees, Dame Janet Trotter attended to present our volunteers with appreciation certificates and to celebrate their hard work and effort over a delicious shared lunch from the Hub Bistro. It was a fantastic supportive environment and we had a couple of volunteers share their journey from client to volunteer and one now in employment!
Our second thank you event was at the Hub Bistro in Gloucester to say a huge thanks to all the volunteers at the Bistro in Gloucester and the Sober Parrot in Cheltenham. We had a thank you ceremony here with more delicious food catered by the Bistro.
The support, dedication and enthusiasm that our volunteers bring to the organisation is incredible and we really couldn’t continue to offer all the services we do without all our fantastic volunteers.