We’re celebrating Volunteers’ Week here at Thomas Pocklington Trust!

Our Volunteering Team has organised a range of events to thank our wonderful volunteers during Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June)

We want to take you behind the scenes to get to know our Volunteering Team and find out more about our Volunteering Program which helps to enable independence for our service users.

The team is led by the Development Manager for Volunteering, Kirsty Palmer, and includes Volunteer and Development Coordinator Leila Pearce, Volunteer Coordinators Katrina Sheppard and Karice Baker-Quow, Volunteer Service Administrator Courtney Nugent and Support Worker Peter McGeary.

Kirsty said the Volunteering Team recruited and managed volunteers for our volunteering program which offered a diverse range of services.

The services we run include a telephoning befriending service, eye clinic support services where we work in partnership with Moorfields, a link up service, community befriending service and a volunteering pool which is open to the local societies in the Pocklington Family.

“We have 130 volunteers who are aged between 18-80, and come from completely different backgrounds,” Kirsty said.

“Volunteering is important as it enables and encourages independence and helps reduce social isolation. The telephone befriending service gives people who are socially isolated and unable to leave the house contact with a person once a week and the link up service enables people to attend social activities with a volunteer.”

We started our Volunteers Week celebrations yesterday with a group of service users being supported by University College London (UCL) Global Citizenship students who are volunteering their time with TPT on a trip to the British Museum.

On Saturday we are hosting the Volunteering Picnic in Hyde Park, bringing together our volunteers and service users, and on Monday night the 2017 TPT Volunteer Awards are being held, with volunteers up for awards in seven categories.