A celebratory event was held a community project in East Worthing recently to reward it’s volunteers who have worked over 1000 hours between them in 2011!
The Community House in Dominion Road provides services for all ages including after school activities, a job club, a group for teenage mums and advice and support.
All of its activities are supported by a team of volunteers who vary in age from 16 to 78. Project manager Sue Brown said: “The community house is here to provide services for local people including a chance to volunteer so that people can increase their life opportunities by learning new skills and confidence, bringing health benefits and improving employment prospects. The estimated volunteers contribution to the UK economy stands at 45 billion pounds which shows the vital role that volunteers play in helping projects to run.”
Georgia Tierney, who has been volunteering at the project for just over a year, said: “Every time I am back from university I make a big effort to go and see everyone and volunteer. It makes such a difference that there is such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and I felt comfortable in my role straight away. I recently applied for a social work masters at Brighton University and got a place thanks to my voluntary experience and support from the staff and other volunteers. I am so grateful to everyone at the community house for helping me realise what I wanted to do and helping me to gain the skills and practice I needed.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Community House, please contact Sue Brown (details below).