New Beginnings Reading realize that volunteers are the heart of its organisation
Written by Grace Gomez
New Beginnings Reading celebrated the launch of Volunteer Week by having a volunteer thank you and appreciation day.
Volunteers were invited to the refurbished Queens Arms, alcohol free pub for a meal cooked and served by the charity trustees on Saturday, June 1.
Our All Night Café for the homeless, the Fridge for the Community and the After School Café supporting families are all run by volunteers.
Our volunteers are from all walks of life from age 18 up to 81 years old. What is also great is that some of our guests who have had to use our services have returned to volunteer to help others.
“We realize that volunteers are the heart of our organisation.”
We really wanted to celebrate our volunteers and thank them by serving them for a change.
LUSH Store in Reading, Berkshire very kindly donated gifts for them and Mondelez donated the chocolate treats.
Each volunteer was given a certificate of appreciation, a gift and a personal thank you from myself, the Chair and founder of the charity.
The New Beginnings Reading Volunteer of the year went to Maaike Hartog for her outstanding service to the charity.
Maaike came as a volunteer at the After School café then stepped into the role of Volunteer Coordinator, a big task that she coordinates with excellence and efficiency.
She was presented with a trophy and a beautiful bunch of flowers.
We want thank all our volunteers past and present for the excellent service they deliver to our guests.
I really understand the value of volunteering, I was moved to start New Beginnings Reading after being a volunteer for years for five years for another charity!
We are still recruiting volunteers for all our services, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or text ‘Volunteer’ to 07421998208