Final thoughts . . .

A busy and varied week. What strikes me about all my volunteering engagements is the dedication, optimism and warmth of all the volunteers I meet. And for this, my fourth annual volunteer week, I have visited a whole new range of organisations who have not featured in my previous volunteer weeks.  I think this demonstrates the breadth of opportunities their are for people to get involved in local life to the betterment of the whole community. I said it last year but it is worth repeating – our area would be poorer without the work of volunteers and the volunteers told … Continue reading Final thoughts . . .

Harrogate Child Contact Centre

The Child Contact Centre at West Park provides a platform for parents who have separated to keep in touch with ther children.  It is a very valuable resource ensuring that, in difficult family circumstances, both parents can build a relationship with their children and the children with both their parents. I was setting up at first, putting out tables and also toys for the children to play with.  I also prepared refreshments and spoke at length with the volunteers (who I am pictured with) about the challenges facing their charity. I was again deeply impressed at the dedication of the … Continue reading Harrogate Child Contact Centre

Mayor of Knaresborough’s Charity Tea Dance

I was delighted to help my friend Councillor Carole Reid, Mayor of Knaresborough, with her charity event at the Knaresborough Community Centre. Carole’s chosen charities to benefit from her year in office are the Frazer Theatre and Young Carers.  I was mainly in the kitchen, serving the teas and coffees and then clearing up after. It was a team effort as several Knaresborough Town Councillors and friends of Carole were there to help make the event such a success. There was dancing, bucks fizz and a lavish afternoon tea.  Bettys and Taylors were kind enough to donate the teas and coffees.  Another … Continue reading Mayor of Knaresborough’s Charity Tea Dance

Henshaws College

I’m a regular visitor to Henshaws and so I am aware of the fantastic work they do.  They provide expert care, advice and training to anyone affected by sight loss and also work with people with other disabilities.  There is extra value to Henshaws’ work too.  Because sight loss and other disabilities affects family, friends and colleagues, Henshaws work with them too. I was working alongside a college enabler today – Suzie.  We were in music and art classes, and preparing for a future College production of ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’.  Many students face profound challenges in their lives and need help from specialist … Continue reading Henshaws College

Horizon Life Training

This morning it was off to Horizon Life Training to get involved with the amazing support and service they offer. They provide a residential programme offering the opportunity to learn skills, a chance to gain work experience and engage in local community work. This gives the residents a chance and enables them to rebuild their lives. It is a real success story, and I heard of the recent graduation, which saw seven residents graduate and go into full time employment. I went with some of the Horizon team, John, Alan and Rob, to a local nursery where they have a contract to provide garden maintenance, so we got our … Continue reading Horizon Life Training

Grosvenor House Care Home

This afternoon it was off to Grosvenor House Care Home. I took part in the Zumba Gold class which was full of music and movement. It gives residents an opportunity to be active and try something different. The residents clearly enjoyed it and got something out of it. After that I spoke with some of the residents and helped serve afternoon tea, and found out that the kitchen team at Grosvenor House make excellent cakes. I have been to Grosvenor House before and as ever the staff were caring and dedicated, doing the utmost to support the needs of the residents. … Continue reading Grosvenor House Care Home

Dr B’s

A very tasty morning at Dr B’s Restaurant and Coffee Shop! Dr B’s is a Barnardo’s service that works with young people to improve their skills and prospects, giving them the experience and confidence they need. They offer ‘hands on’ training in their restaurant and kitchen as well as classroom learning in subjects such as English and Maths. Every young person has an individual training programme, allowing it to be tailored to their particular needs and an individual mentor to support them. I spent the first part of the morning working with one of their young people, Hailey, making a delicious batch … Continue reading Dr B’s