Volunteer Centre Dacorum said a big ‘thank you’ to their volunteers at Felden Lodge last week.
This was the first time the centre has held this type of event which was a combination of work and pleasure.
As well as enjoying beautiful surroundings and delicious food, volunteers and staff spent time working on how to make the centre even better and planning creative ways to raise funds for the charity.
Volunteers, Graham Nixon and Kelly Linden agreed that the day was a great way to meet and mix with other volunteers they don’t usually work with and that the beautiful setting made everyone feel at ease.
Derek Peverill, who is also a volunteer, said: “It was an event that gave the volunteers a voice; a chance to speak out and be understood.
“Everyone was encouraged to join in, even those who are usually quiet.”
In fact Derek was so inspired by the day that he composed the following poem at home that evening:
Meet different people every day
Try to help them find a way
To use their time and their skills
And overcome their recent ills
For some to get confidence back
Others get lives back on track
You may ask is it for me
Visit us and you will see
There is something for everyone
And for all it should be fun
Think of what you want to do
There will be a role for you
But me, why do I like to volunteer
I’ve met some lovely people here
Monday morning now is a treat
A happy walk along the street
A real happy buzz as you enter
The friendly volunteering centre
We really are a diverse crowd
Some quiet and some loud
Each of our team is aware
That we all have a share
In a place where every day
You feel good as you walk away
Staff member Liz King summed up the day, saying: “It was awesome that our volunteers gave up their time to help make our charity even better.
“Everyone involved is passionate about what we do. We look forward to other similar events in the future.”