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Redbridge Voluntary Care celebrates hard work of its volunteers with high tea in Aldborough Hatch

PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 August 2018

Felicity Banks, President of Redbridge Voluntary Care (left) and Pat Borrott, Member of the committee (far right), greet Redbridge Voluntary Care volunteers Liz Wright (second from left) and Carol Campbell (third from left). Photo: Ron Jeffries

Felicity Banks, President of Redbridge Voluntary Care (left) and Pat Borrott, Member of the committee (far right), greet Redbridge Voluntary Care volunteers Liz Wright (second from left) and Carol Campbell (third from left). Photo: Ron Jeffries

Ron Jeffries

Volunteers from Redbridge Voluntary Care (RVC) celebrated their hard work with high tea at St Peter’s Church in Aldborough Hatch.

Felicity Banks, President of Redbridge Voluntary Care (centre) enjoyed high tea with (from left to right) Mark Gill, Connie Beatts, Margaret Briscoe and Craig Clarke. Photo: Ron JeffriesFelicity Banks, President of Redbridge Voluntary Care (centre) enjoyed high tea with (from left to right) Mark Gill, Connie Beatts, Margaret Briscoe and Craig Clarke. Photo: Ron Jeffries

The charity is a good neighbour scheme which started in 1973 offering help to any Redbridge resident regardless of race, religion and age.

On Saturday afternoon (August 4) volunteers meet each other face to face for one of the first times - as the organisation does most of its work by telephone or email - and they discussed their work while enjoying scones and cream.

It was also an opportunity for Felicity Banks, President of RVC, to thank the volunteers for their support and hard work.

Redbridge Voluntary Care has about 130 volunteers with no paid staff. Most volunteers are retired although some are still at work and offer weekend help only.

When a request for help comes in from a client, carer or alternatively from Age UK or a social worker, the duty officer matches up volunteers to the request and then phones the volunteers to see who is available for the required date, time or task.

Pat Borrott, 80, who is a volunteer with RVC said: “It was a lovely, lovely afternoon.

“St Peter’s was wonderful, and they made the hall look really pretty.

“It was a lovely opportunity to meet other volunteers, and to chat to them about their work.

“We do need more volunteers though, we try to do everything a good neighbour would do, and more and more people are working now so can’t help their neighbours as much as they used to.”

If you are interested in volunteering call 0208 514 0980 and speak to the duty officer.


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