Representatives from more than 60 voluntary groups came together this week (Monday February 11) for a special reception hosted by the Borough Mayor, Cllr John Kaiser.
The Mayor’s Voluntary Sector reception, hosted at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley, is an opportunity for charity representatives to network, renew old acquaintances, and meet new ones. It is also an opportunity for the Borough Mayor to thank all the volunteers for the enormous commitment they make to the Wokingham Borough.
Attendees also enjoyed a speech by Liz McDaniel from the Me2 Club – the Mayor’s chosen charity he’s been supporting during his year in office.
The Woodley-based Me2 Club enables children and young people with additional needs and disabilities from the Wokingham Borough (aged between five and 19), to attend mainstream activity clubs. The club does this by recruiting, training and developing volunteers to provide one-to-one support to young people (or two-to-one when required) at activities of their choice such as Cubs and Brownies, gymnastics, youth groups or swimming. Me2 Club trained volunteers support young people by encouraging them to be independent, participating in the activities alongside them and adapting activities to ensure they can take part.
Borough Mayor Cllr John Kaiser said: “During my year in office, I’ve had the honour to attend many community events and I’ve met so many unsung heroes. There are so many volunteers in our community who go above and beyond to help others less fortunate than ourselves. Many help in their spare time and with limited resources.
“I am so pleased so many volunteers could join me at the reception and I would like to publically thank them for their contribution to our community which helps make Wokingham Borough such a great place to live and work.”