Blog – Our Amazing Volunteers
Like any local charity, People to Places is run by a small but dedicated staff. However, as it’s National Volunteer Week, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the amazing work done by our wonderful volunteers. The ones who support our staff and members in everything we do!
Volunteers give their time freely and generously and we are always grateful for the effort and energy they bring to the endeavours of People to Places. From Shopmobilty to passenger assistants on our minibuses, to volunteer drivers, admin, and IT support – our volunteers are a vital part of the People to Places family.
People to Places is not just a charity but a support network for people in the Royal Borough who require our mobility services. If getting out and about isn’t an issue for you, it’s so easy to forget how ‘popping to the corner shop’ for the milk you forgot to get in the big shop becomes a massive hurdle if that short 5-minute walk isn’t possible. That’s where People to Places comes in. One of the initiatives we started at the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020 was to provide a grocery and pharmacy collection service free of charge to all members and any vulnerable person in the Royal Borough. This service has not stopped, and our volunteers stepped marvelously up to the plate when their community needed them!
You will no doubt have seen our minibuses pootling up and down the streets of the Royal Borough as they go about as part of our Home-to-School programme, taking out a community group or making sure a member gets to their appointment as part of our Dial-A-Ride service. Our drivers are made up of full-time staff and volunteers so, as you can see, our volunteers are a vital support to our service delivery.
At People to Places, our volunteers can be found in all areas of our charity. Alan is a one-man IT department and Andy B helps us with all things technological. I don’t know about you but I don’t speak computer, but Alan is so giving of his time that I can always ping off an email to him and he’ll help me out (I couldn’t tell how he fixes anything – I just do what Alan tells me!). Deidre C has been a stalwart of our Shopmobility site in Maidenhead for many years, her upbeat energy and friendliness are much appreciated by our members and staff.
Andy Scott and Andy Hunter are two of our volunteer drivers who have been so giving of their time for years, especially throughout this last tumultuous year. Andy H volunteers for us on his days off, every Thursday and Friday, and stepped up to help us as soon as we started offering our free grocery and pharmacy delivery service during the pandemic. And then Andy S does 2-3 trips a week for our members, during lockdown Andy made sure that members made it to their essential appointments including taking a member to their cancer treatment in London.
These are just a few of the committed volunteers whose time and energy are given to a cause they believe in. If you would like to volunteer as a driver or have a skill that you could share or have some time on your hands that you would like to put to a different use. We welcome applications from all areas of the community who would like to join us in our mission to deliver independence and tackle isolation in Windsor and Maidenhead. If you would like to sign up, click here or visit our website to find out more about us.
And to all-out glorious volunteers during this National Volunteering Week and beyond. From the bottom of our hearts, a huge THANK YOU for all you do for People to Places.
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