June 8, 2008
photos: Volunteering in the spotlight at special event in Highbridge
work of volunteers in the Burnham-On-Sea area came under the spotlight
when a special volunteer day was held on Saturday (June 7th).
by the Burnham and Highbridge Regeneration Partnership as part
of National Volunteer Week, the event shined the spotlight on
dozen local voluntary groups and gave people an opportunity to
find out more about how they can help.
steady flow of visitors visited the event, which was held in Highbridge
Community Hall, throughout the day.
Jo Burridge officially opened the event, saying: "It's very
encouraging that in an age when we often hear that we live in
a cash rich, time poor society there are still many people who
volunteer and give freely of their time and energy. This is particularly
true in Highbridge and Burnham."
can be immensely rewarding as well as perhaps giving you the opportunity
to meet other people and develop new skills."
Mayoress Jo Burridge is pictured above opening the event with
organiser Sue Quatermass; Regeneration Partnership Chairman Rose
Parsons; and Sarah Steadman of the Regeneration Partnership.
Mayoress presented volunteers from Burnham and Highbridge Stroke
Club with a special letter of thanks to mark the group's 20th
year of servie. Pictured are Jo Burridge, Cath Berry (Chairman)
and group members Derrick Stone, Barabar Thorogood and Joyce Beard
RNLI was one of several voluntary groups at the event. Fundraiser
Charlotte Symes-Thompson is pictured here
Friends of Apex Park group was represented by Joyce Beard
Mary Miles, Joyn Bryan and Joyce Dunbavan discussed the role of
Highbridge's Sounds and Voices Talking Newspaper
Somerset Rural Youth Project was represented by Julie Graham and
Operations Manager Steve Perks discussed the important role of
volunteers at the Burnham rescue hovercraft charity
PCSOs Gill Udall and Claire Chambers explained the importance
of volunteers to both the police and Highbridge Youth Club, which
was founded by Gill.