Coffee, cake and a big thank you to volunteers

Volunteers from SpectrumPeople (Spectrum Community Health’s volunteering arm) have been treated to cake and a cuppa to say ‘thank you’ for all of their help in supporting vulnerable adults from across the District.

The gesture forms part of Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June) a campaign to recognise the vital role played by volunteers. Every Monday volunteers run a cake and coffee drop-in at The Saviour Trust in Pontefract but this week as well as supporting Spectrum’s service users, these unsung heroes, who help to deliver a range of community projects and meaningful activities, were the ones that received a sweet treat.

Tracy Tyrrell, Director of Operations at Spectrum comments: “Our volunteer-led projects have been designed to offer our service users additional help and support. Some create opportunities to meet other people who may be experiencing similar issues and difficulties, others are activity-based and help individuals to get back on their feet – this can be through socialising, taking exercise, learning a new hobby or how to shop for and cook healthy meals for themselves, all of which aid recovery.

“Without volunteers these projects simply wouldn’t happen. As part of Volunteers Week we wanted to say a big thank you and hopefully our small, but tasty gesture helped all of our volunteers to recognise that they are doing a great job.”

Sherrelle Poole a Volunteer at the cake and coffee drop-in comments: “I love volunteering through Spectrum. I started volunteering whilst at University as a mature student, I wanted to gain some experience of working within my community. When I heard about Spectrum and their volunteer programme through ‘SpectrumPeople’ I decided to give it a go.

“The team at Spectrum took the time to understand what I wanted to do and also what my skills are before suggesting a specific project to support. My reward is seeing how much the Spectrum service users appreciate the Café and also in recognising that it’s helping them on their road to recovery.”

The Café at The Saviour Trust in Pontefract is just one of the many volunteer-led initiatives run by Spectrum, others include an Allotment Project where service users grow their own food; Come Dine with Spectrum, a cookery program where service users shop for ingredients and cook healthy meals for a small gathering; fitness schemes and creative arts projects that support health and wellbeing and promote socialising.

SpectrumPeople is the community involvement and volunteering arm of Spectrum and is an exciting and innovative way for volunteers to get involved in Spectrum Community Health. It is made up of service users, community representatives and staff who support a range of community initiatives and ‘meaningful activities’.

Spectrum Community Health is a social enterprise delivering a range of healthcare services, including expert advice, care and treatment for substance and alcohol misuse, and sexual health across the Wakefield district, as well as health and wellbeing services to local secure environments.

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