We are extremely proud to have been nominated for the category Team of the Year for the forthcoming B&NES Chairs Community Awards

28th December 2017 - Published Date

We just would not be able to provide the professional level of service without the help from our small army of volunteers, whom we are extremely grateful too for their support and I know you will join me to congratulating them for this recognition.

Therefore, as we start a New Year I thought it would be a great idea to introduce you to this wonderful team of people who I am lucky to work alongside:

Amanda Stone, who oversees the drop in service and our database of wonderful and varied volunteering opportunities.

Jane Brimble, who has been with the centre for over 25 years,  the last five as a volunteer, Volunteer Advisor, her experience and knowledge of the sector is immense and is with us on a Wednesday 

Geraldine Williams, who volunteers with us on a Tuesday as a Volunteer Advisor and has done for the past three years, being fluent in French this has come in handy serval times in the last year.

Mark Sargent, who has the laborious task of keeping our (BOLD) Third Sector Directory up to date and current and volunteers with us every Wednesday for the past year.

Sue Carr, who has been my admin support every Tuesday for the past year, fitting me in between the various volunteering roles she also performs with Butterflies Haven, The Bath Careers’ Centre and Bath Cats and Dogs Home, I enjoy this day as recently we have been trying to converse in solely French (not very well)

Jenny Brindley, who for the past three years has held the role of ensuring we have regular volunteering related news items posted to our website (which has huge amounts of hits annually  http://www.vol-centre.org.uk/news )

Rachael Forsyth, our long distant volunteer who lives in Winchester, Sussex. Rachael joined the team a couple of years ago seeking a micro volunteering opportunity to gain experience after leaving the university of Brighton, she has been producing our Volunteers Voice and Community Matters Newsletters, she has recently told me that the experience and having the newsletters to show her now current employer, has helped her secure a job. She continues to support us and the current Volunteer Voice Newsletter just out proves she is a special and talented person

Finally, our famous five Board of Trustees who continue directing the ship with love, support for what we do along with a ‘Strong and Stable’ governance head on!

It’s fair to say it has been an interesting past few years financially and I want to say huge thank you for their support to me and the team.  Their names are:

Fiona Bell (Chair) David Faulkner (Vice Chair) Yvonne Pearce, Steve Elliot and Stella Pirie

We all wish you a Healthy and Happy 2018,

and as they say ‘Keep volunteering’

Michael Plows

Volunteer Centre Manager