National Volunteers’ Week 2021: Welcoming youth groups back to Whiteley

3rd June 2021

Covid restrictions have meant many volunteers have not been able to visit our Village to support residents or help in our care homes, and our community has really missed them. Over the years our Volunteer Team has built fantastic relationships with many local companies, organisations, youth groups, schools and colleges. So, we were delighted to welcome the 4th Weybridge Cubs and Beavers last week – the very first youth group we’ve had this year!

The youngsters did a fantastic job of tidying and planting the Remembrance Memorial outside our village church St Mark’s, and also replanting the wooden box planters outside one of our care homes, Ingram House. Cub and Beaver Leader, Liz Farmer said: “The 4th Weybridge Cubs and Beavers have spent more than a year doing Zoom sessions with their Leaders. We were lucky, as many groups didn’t even manage this. However, the light at the end of the tunnel happened in April when we were allowed ‘out’ and were able to meet up. Some of the Beavers and Cubs have never even met their Leaders, or each other.

“We have had a few sessions at Reeds Rugby ground, but our invite to help plant flowers at Whiteley Village has thrust us well and truly back into ‘badge-world!’ Despite the weather, the children managed to plant different flowers in boxes near Ingram House (to the delight of some residents), and round the church too. This ticked off their gardener’s badge, and they all got special badges to celebrate the fact that we are all back together again – so a special thanks to Lilian Meagher at Whiteley for arranging it all!”

Lilian Meagher said: “It was wonderful to see groups of young people back at Whiteley again – having fun getting muddy and getting stuck into their gardening! We have so many different opportunities for groups of all ages to volunteer at Whiteley. We welcome companies and schools and youth groups like Cubs and Beavers, but we’d also love to hear from other groups in the community however large or small, such as book groups, church groups or the Women’s Institute.

“The feedback from our volunteers shows that people get a great deal out of supporting us and it makes a real difference to those living in our community too. We work hard to match volunteering opportunities to the skills and interests of those who offer to help us, so it’s worthwhile and useful to everyone concerned – and hopefully fun too!”

If you, or your group would like to help our charity and the older people we support and care for, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Lilian Meagher, Volunteer Coordinator on 01932 823671 or email her at: lillian.meagher@whiteleyvillage.org.uk

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