The Grizedale Centre Volunteering Awards

12th May 2023

Neuro Drop In relies on the support of volunteers to deliver the services we offer to a standard that is consistent, measurable and rewarding. Volunteers come to us from many areas and at different times in their lives, but we recognise that whilst our volunteer of the year award is perfect to acknowledge the commitment of regular volunteers, it is equally important to acknowledge younger volunteers who come to us to learn and gain valuable life experience. 

Working with volunteers is always a privilege and our recently developed partnership with young adults from The Grizedale Centre at The Loyne Specialist School has been a particularly rewarding experience for Neuro Drop In. On Tuesday, we had the pleasure of awarding the first Certificates from our new Volunteer Development Programme to Molly who received a bronze award and Amy who received a silver award. 

Amy and Molly have been volunteering with us since January and have undertaken many tasks including food preparation and presentation, setting up the classroom and work within the cafe such as clearing tables and building relationships with our members. 

Molly said " On Tuesday I learnt to prepare the sandwiches and cheese toasties and today went to the Mad Hatter's tea party with my friends. My favourite bit is meeting people."

Amy said " I have learnt to do things independently and making cheese toasties and buttering the bread for soup. I have enjoyed making the ham and cheese toasties and I have also enjoyed getting to know other people and getting to learn new skills and checking the temperature of the soup."

Our awards can be built upon as volunteers progress through the development programme and we look forward to marking more milestones reached in the future.

Volunteers make good things happen and if there are smiles, fun and learning involved it is a win win all the way so well done both of you!

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