Eleven volunteers at a local charity shop received a presentation and thanks from Sir George Young MP as part of National Volunteers Week celebrations. Senior staff and Directors of Shaw Trust joined Sir George Young at the retail shop in High Street, Andover to thank the volunteers for their hard work and commitment to the organisation. Shaw Trust, celebrating its 21st birthday in 2003, is a national charity that provides training and work opportunities for over 14,000 disabled and disadvantaged people across the UK each year.
Shaw Trust has 24 retail shops across the South, Midlands and Wales, and a further 120 vocational projects throughout the country. During National Volunteers Week (1-7 June), a number of locations will be holding events to thank the 250 plus volunteers who give their time to support the work of Shaw Trust.
Sir George Young recognised the efforts of the volunteers, ‘Andover is very fortunate in having so many people who are willing to help local voluntary organisations by spending time with organisations such as Shaw Trust - improving the quality of life for so many of my constituents. I enjoyed meeting the eleven volunteers to make a presentation to them, to thank them for all the time they have given to support the work of Shaw Trust.”
“The Andover shop is one of the busiest that John Shaw have, grossing about £2000 per week. This helps to fund a project n Tadley, helping those with learning difficulties.”
The volunteers that Sir George gave certificates to were Andrea Ablett, Yoshida Bloem, Sandra Chivers, Janice Clark, Betty Ann Fassell, Marjorie Foster, Marion Ginger, Claire Oakes, Charlotte Rowley, Elsie Warters and Jean Dobbinson.