Tea celebration for volunteers


The Plate and Porter restaurant at March was the setting for Cambridgeshire Mencap’s Volunteers Week celebrations.

Cambridgeshire Mencap supports many local adults with a learning disability in the Fenland area in a variety of ways; a one-to-one befriending scheme, group activities including zumba, picnics, bingo and crafts.

Cambridgeshire Mencap also supports many local people through its Artworks service. The local charities services simply wouldn’t be possible without the kindness, commitment and enthusiasm of so many wonderful volunteers.

National Volunteers Week takes place each year from 1-7 June. It is a fantastic opportunity for volunteer involving organisations to say ‘thank you’ and celebrate the contributions made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

Cambridgeshire Mencap’s volunteers gathered for Afternoon Tea.

Suzanne Lombardo, Volunteers Support Co-ordinator said: “It was wonderful to see so many of our amazing volunteers together for this special occasion and to have the opportunity to say a formal thank you for everything they do. It simply wouldn’t be possible to support so many local people without them.”

There was a wonderful atmosphere at this special event with many volunteers getting to meet one another, share experiences and successes from their involvement and enjoy some wonderful food together.

Lesley Parkinson, Volunteer Befriender said: “I really enjoyed the afternoon tea; it was lovely to meet other volunteers and chat about what they are doing. I love meeting the person I befriend and knowing that I am helping her to enjoy social activities that simply wouldn’t be possible otherwise. To anyone thinking about volunteering I would say it is so rewarding to see the difference you can make to someone while having a great time, so please get in touch.”

Cambridgeshire Mencap is always looking for new volunteers to get involved with the organisation in various ways including through its one to one befriending scheme, at Artworks, at monthly events, with fundraising and even helping in the office. If you would like to find out more about volunteering please contact Suzanne Lombardo on 01354 651166 or email: Suzanne@cambridgeshiremencap.co.uk