Volunteers thanked for their help
11 March 2014
On February 27, staff from Optalis’ Day Service held a special presentation at the Acorn Community Centre to thank some 20 volunteers who help support the service across its four bases (located in Wokingham, Earley, and Woodley).
Volunteers help out in many ways. For example, some support Optalis’ customers to complete horticultural activities, such as growing plants and vegetables, at the Growing Places project; based at a farm in Stratford Turgis. Others help by managing the selling of the plants at the Acorn Centre, and some even help support customers during meal times.
All of the volunteers have been attached to the service and helped out for at least the last four or five years, and staff wanted to show they acknowledge this by holding a special afternoon tea for them, which included a large ‘thank you’ cake bearing the Optalis logo!
Kim Davis, interim deputy manager at the Wokingham base said: “We wanted to take some time out of our working day to show our volunteers that we really appreciate all the wonderful support they provide us with. It makes our lives so much easier to have that extra support there.”
As well as the afternoon tea, all volunteers were presented with a certificate of thanks by a senior manager.
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