Last night I attended the celebration of volunteering the council held to say thank-you to the many people in the borough who give their time to help others. It was an inspirational event not least because it powerfully illustrated that there is still a strong sense of community and selflessness in the borough.
th There were 140 nominations for awards, which barely scrapes the surface of the amount of volunteering that takes place – apparently the volunteering ‘economy’ is worth over £20 million a year in Wandsworth, and that’s assuming a minimum wage payment to the volunteers we know about.
I found myself as a standing for the second time in a week, presenting the award of volunteer of the year to Kitty Gilbert. I lost count of the number of places she volunteers, giving her time to help with reading. It was a real delight to see her enthusiasm and joy at winning.
Congratulations must go to the council’s economic development office and Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Development Agency, (who can provide information on volunteering opportunities in the borough) for organising such a great night. But the biggest congratulations and thanks have to be to all the people volunteering throughout Wandsworth.