Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Let’s celebrate our volunteers

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On Wednesday 3rd June 2015 Sandwell Advocacy hosted an event to celebrate the effort and achievements of our volunteers on all of our projects. The event was held at Langley Lodge, home to another charity who we have worked closely with in recent years.

Paddy and Juanita, SCOPA staff

Paddy and Juanita, SCOPA staff

Our Volunteer co-ordinator, Juanita, had been busy all afternoon preparing the room for our guests. Every table had a crisp white linen table cloth and a display of multi-coloured balloons to match the SCOPA logo. Someone commented the room looked good enough for a wedding or birthday party! The evening started when our Chairperson, Lesley Donnelly welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending.  This was followed by a buffet and drinks prepared by two of our advocates, Jodie and Helen.

Geraldine Brown, volunteer

Geraldine Brown, volunteer

When everyone was fed and watered it was time to present certificates.  There were volunteers from various projects as well as the management committee board who also give their time freely to attend meetings and events.  We were then joined by our Project Co-ordinator, Dave Bradshaw who had been in London all day.  Dave was able to present a certificate to one of our longer standing volunteers who also arrived a little later as she had to make child care arrangements before coming out.

Dave presenting certificate to volunteer Carmen

Dave presenting certificate to volunteer Carmen

Volunteers and staff then organised themselves into teams in readiness for the Annual Quiz with Paddy as the Quiz master.  The final result was extremely close with just half a point between first and second place.

The winning The strong women team Geraldine Lesley Joyce

The winning “The Strong Women” Team – Geraldine, Lesley and Joyce

The evening finished at around 9pm and those that were able helped to tidy up before setting off home. Everyone had an enjoyable evening and said they enjoyed chatting to people in a different and relaxed setting.

Sandwell Advocacy have been hosting NCVO Volunteer Celebration events now for 13 years and it is very much part of their annual calendar, the quiz being the highlight of the evening as teams battle it out to win “a pat on the back”.  The rivalry is all very jovial although aspersions were cast in regard to use of mobile phones and the fixing of scores, all taken in good spirit and a good time was had by everyone present.

Jodie McCaughan, Sandwell Cancer, Older People and Advocacy (SCOPA)

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Author: Marie McWilliams

OPAAL's National Development Officer

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