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Heartfelt thanks to supporters

Young at Heart Volunteers


On 25 November, volunteers and partners of the Young at Heart project in Stoke and North Staffordshire were honoured with a celebratory evening to thank them for all they do.

Arranged by Matt Ford, the Development Officer, the evening paid special thanks to people who support the Young at Heart clubs, help out on excursions and those who are part of the volunteer gardening project. It also recognised the commitment of community partners who help the clubs by providing food and other resources.

The event was well attended by volunteers and partners from Meir, Kidsgrove and Hanley, giving people the opportunity to meet others who help the project. Cllr Jean Bower, Lord Mayor of Stoke, attended as did priests from the Parishes in which the projects are based.

There was a buffet, a half-hour presentation by Matt Ford, videos, and a talk about the impact of what they have achieved in the last year. Certificates of thanks were awarded to all volunteers and partners.

/media/news/library/thank-you-night---partners-being-presented-with-certificates-25-11-15.jpgThis event, the first of its kind since the project began, was held to thank those people who give their time and resources to help improve the lives of older people in Stoke and North Staffordshire.

Matt said, “It is important that our volunteers and partners know that they are really appreciated and to show them they are part of a much bigger project that makes a real impact in peoples’ lives.”

The Lord Mayor awarded certificates to volunteers who had recently completed their food hygiene qualification. She said she was extremely impressed with what they have achieved in the year since the project began.

Many of those who attended have since contacted Matt to say how much they appreciated the night, how it opened their eyes to the scale of the work being done across all of the Young at Heart areas and how importa
nt it was to realise that they make a difference. 

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