It’s Volunteers’ Week! Our annual celebration of the fantastic contribution volunteers make each day throughout our communities.
(Caption: a golden banner reading “Volunteer Spotlights” highlighted by a blue-white spotlight.)
The final spotlight of 2018 is on the Forth Valley Sensor Centre, who marked Volunteers’ Week with a thank you garden party for all their volunteers on Monday 4th June. The event was also attended by MSP Alison Harris, who handed out certificates and long service badges provided by CVS Falkirk, and our Development Officer Calum Renton.
According to Volunteer Co-ordinator Caroline Storey, “The Centre is a lifeline for many people, described as a ‘second home’ by people who come along to the groups and classes or receive support and guidance from peers and professionals alike.”
Forth Valley Sensory Centre has been supporting people in Forth Valley with sensory impairment and their families for over 10 years. The Centre acts as a community hub, offering support, advice, practical help and social opportunities.
The overall objective of Forth Valley Sensory Centre is to help people who have a sensory impairment live as independently as possible.
(Caption: Forth Valley Sensory Centre’s volunteers gathered at their thank you garden party, with Alison Harris MSP to the centre right and CVS Falkirk Development Officer Calum Renton at the far left.)
“We couldn’t perform this vital role without our volunteers,” Caroline continues. “They drive our bus, work in our café, assist with events, fundraise and maintain our garden. Not to mention acting as sighted guides for away days and visits or providing BSL support to make sure we are as inclusive and accessible as possible.”
“Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!”
Alison Harris MSP says she was delighted to be asked to pass out the certificates of thanks and the pin badges recognising the exceptionally long service of some volunteers.
“I was proud to be able to pass on my personal thanks to all these wonderful volunteers for all they do. To give up your personal time is something precious but being involved with a charity like Forth Valley Sensory Centre is extremely rewarding and it was clear that all the volunteers get so much from the experience.
“Thank you once again, from myself, and everyone at the Centre for volunteering and making a difference to people with sensory loss in our local community.”
10 year service badges were given to David Black, Gordon McNeil, Christine Moroney, John Ormsby, Gillian Orr, John Preston and Peter Wilson.
Five year badges were given to Rita Balloch, Catherine Carmichael and Lee Russell.
This Volunteers’ Week, why not find out how you can get involved with the Forth Valley Sensory Centre, CVS Falkirk, or volunteering in Falkirk, by contacting our Volunteering Team by phone: 01324 692000, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org