Celebrating Volunteers' Week!

Rebecca Palmer, Fundraising and Communications Manager, writes:

What do New Hope volunteers do?

Administration, befriending, cooking, driving, empathising, fundraising, gardening, helping at Harvest, irrigating vegetables, jigsaw-checking, kipping at the winter night shelter, listening, mowing, nurturing creativity, Open Day-helping, preparing food, Queens Award-winning, recovery-supporting, sorting and selling clothes, talking, upcycling, visual merchandising, weeding, xylography, yurt-cleaning and ZZZ-bag sorting!

Volunteers' Week runs from 1 to 7 June and is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to New Hope's amazing volunteers!

Volunteers have been at the centre of New Hope since the very beginning and serve across the charity with dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and love. It is a real privilege to work alongside such wonderful people.

All our volunteers are fantastic but one team deserve a special mention. I once had a meeting with someone senior at the NSPCC and he was astounded when I told him how much money our Watford charity shop brought in. The shop is truly one of a kind - entirely volunteer-run and raising a phenomenal amount of money each year. Well done to Polly and your team!

We will be hosting a volunteers' garden party at the Community Market Garden at the end of the month as a small way of showing our appreciation to all the New Hope volunteers who give so much.

People volunteer for all sorts of reasons - it's fun, a great way to make friends, learn new skills, keep active and to feel part of a community. Whatever their reason for volunteering, all our volunteers share a common motivation of wanting to help people who are currently experiencing homelessness in Watford.

Thank you to all our volunteers!

And if you are interested in volunteering, have a look at www.newhope.org.uk/volunteer for current roles.

Polly, our wonderful Watford Shop manager!

Polly, our wonderful Watford Shop manager!

Rebecca Palmer