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Councillor Felicity Banks, Mayor or Redbridge with staff and volunteers celebrating 40 years of victim support

Redbridge Victim Support volunteers receives awards for their efforts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
10.06 AM

As part of National volunteer week, a charity celebrated the achievements of its volunteers as well as its 40th anniversary.

Victim Support, a charity which helps people who have been affected by crime, held an award ceremony at the Redbridge CVS Forest House, in Clements Road, Ilford.

Organiser of the event and service delivery manager, Sheelagh Jarrett, said: “We hold this event every year during volunteer week to celebrate the hard work and time our volunteers give unconditionally.

“It is Victim Support’s way of thanking the volunteers for the time they give to victims and witnesses of crime.”

Awards were handed out to around 20 volunteers based in Redbridge, who also do work in other boroughs such as Havering and Barking.

The certificates were given to the volunteers by Mayor Felicity Banks who said: “I am so pleased to have kept a strong connection with victim support over so many years and I wish you all the best for the future.”

The volunteers were welcomed in by divisional manager of the North East London of the branch, who informed everyone that more than 3,500 home visits and when asked, 96% of clients were satisfied.

Elliot Glicksman, 56, from Alfred Road, Buckhurst Hill, was given the title of volunteer of the year last year, for all of the work he had been doing with victim support.

He said: “It has been very very rewarding as when you give a lot, you get a lot back from volunteering and it’s great to see that you have helped someone.”

Sheelagh added: “Victim Support values our volunteers and commend them for the excellent work and support they provide to victims.

“Without their commitment we would not be able to provide the excellent service we do.”