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Media invite: Community celebrates work of volunteers

Date: 10/10/2008           Category: Childrens Care

Media invite: Thursday, 16 October, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. St Paul with All Saints Church, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham. Volunteers who have worked tirelessly to support their community will have their hard work recognised at a celebration event next week. On Thursday, 16 October, 80 volunteers who dedicate their free time to help out in the All Saints area of Chatham will be presented with certificates and a gift as a way of saying thank you for their hard work. The event will take place at St Paul with All Saints Church in Magpie Hall Road from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The volunteers work with a number of community groups and schools in the area to promote community cohesion and encourage others to become volunteers. Some of the projects they have been involved with include gardening in schools, helping out in classes, training esidents to use computers, running youth groups, Scouts and Guide groups, working on Residents’ Associations, and organising lunch and walking clubs. Volunteers working with the following organisations will be applauded for their work: All Saint’s Community Project; All Saint’s Sure Start Children’s Centre; All Saint’s Primary School; Glencoe Junior School; Greenvale Infant School; New Road Primary School and nursery unit; Medway Scout Group and Girl Guide Association. All Saints Residents Association, All Saints Gardens Residents Group and Prospect Row and Bryant Street Residents. All Saints 1st Byte Computer Centre. It is the first time various community projects and providers in the All Saints area have come together to collectively celebrate the achievements of their volunteers. The Rev Bryan Knapp, vicar of St Paul with All Saints Church, who founded the community project, will present the certificates, along with Carolyn Theedom, manager of All Saints Sure Start Children’s Centre, deputy Mayor of Medway Cllr Ted Baker and Deputy Mayoress Baker and Chatham and Aylesford MP Jonathan Shaw. Medway Council’s Social Regeneration Manager Clem Smith, local head teachers and ward councillors will also attend the event. Girl Guides from the First Chatham North Brownies and Guides, who meet at Glencoe School, will get the evening’s entertainment off to a start with a world culture fashion show to celebrate the national dress of other countries, While a group of Brownies will also sing for the audience. Medway Council’s Community Services Portfolio Holder Cllr Howard Doe, who is responsible for the voluntary sector, said: “This is the first time the various community projects have organised a joint celebration of this kind. “This evening will show the strength of partnership working and will bring together these unsung heroes who give their time and skills to help make a better community. They provide a valuable service and we want them – and their families – to know how much we appreciate their support and how they enhance the community of All Saints.” “There are many different reasons why people want to volunteer, some want to gain some valuable work experience, while others want to increase their confidence and skills.” For further information about this event please contact Jo Bunn on 01634 338833.