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21 volunteers from BHT were thanked for their work by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Mo Marsh, at a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour, Brighton Town Hall, to coincide with Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from 1 to 7 June.
BHT has volunteers across the organisation supporting clients and residents in services including Client and Tenant Involvement, BHT’s First Base Day Centre, Addiction Services, and mental health support projects, Shore House and the Archway Project.
Not including volunteers who helped with fundraising activities, BHT had 102 volunteers last year who provided 7,246 volunteer hours adding value to what our paid staff do.
BHT found me a permanent flat to live in after years of uncertainty of temporary accommodation. When I heard they were looking for volunteers I jumped at the chance.
Over the past three months I have been on several awareness courses and have had the opportunity to express my ideas and thoughts on their new blog. This has helped me gain confidence and knowledge into a field I can hopefully be employed in or simply just involved in.
Anthony Carney, a volunteer at BHT
On the whole our volunteers are drawn from our residents and clients. This supports BHT’s ethos in people gaining employment.
All of our volunteers are recognised and celebrated for the work they do for BHT in the community. They bring inspiration, passion and talent to our mission and values as an organisation with our clients and residents.
Daniel O’Connell, Head of HR, Learning and Development at BHT