"Lovely turnout" for volunteers receptionBy Julie Spencer
October 10, 2012
A civic reception hosted by the mayor of Wokingham borough was an opportunity to say thank you to volunteers who do so much, he said.
Councillor Bob Wyatt said there was a ‘lovely turnout’ for his reception on Wednesday, September 26, at the Cantley House Hotel which was also attended by deputy mayor Cllr UllaKarin Clark.
He said: “Most people we invited were able to come. It was a formal thank you for all the individuals and all those running the groups of volunteers in our borough who all work so hard to make sure that people are cared for.”
Information about the mayor’s nominated charity, The Link Visiting Scheme, was displayed at the reception and manager Marjie Walker spoke to guests about the befriending service.She said: “It was brilliant to be given an opportunity to talk about our charity and the amount of work that we do in our community. We are so appreciative of the mayor’s support and hope that it will make the difference in reaching more older people in the borough who need our help.”
Cllr Wyatt said: “It gave me an opportunity to introduce my own charity and Marjie could talk about The Link which gives people companionship in their own homes.
“It is so easy to become lonely when you are elderly. We are hoping that this will be picked up more and more around the country with voluntary groups like our own. We have over 100 volunteers and The Link is supported by the council because it thinks it offers a very valuable service in the way of prevention, to stop people becoming isolated.”