Scores of volunteers at Humankind services have attended a second event this year to celebrate their efforts.
Volunteers from many Humankind services met at Sapphire House
Ann Hall, Volunteer Development Manager, said: "My heart was filled with joy after today's event. To be around such wonderful human beings each day is such a privilege."
Volunteer Ramin Pourezza said: "Volunteering for Humankind is absolutely fantastic you meet so many people from so many walks of life – so many different experiences." See Ramin's video.
"It really opens your eyes and gives you a fresh perspective of where your own life is and where you want to be going. I've gained so much."
Volunteer Brian Sanders said: "Volunteering provides you with an outlet to return what you took initially from the service. It's marvelous to see the change in people who enter the service." See Brian's video. See Zoe's video.
Ann said: "We were inspired by volunteers standing up to share their journeys and the impact of volunteering on them."
Volunteers participated in activities and were all given a certificate to thank them for all their hard work and commitment. They enjoyed Samba band music from our GOALS service for people with learning difficulties.
Liane Taylor, Humankind's Operations Director for Employment & Social Enterprise, spoke about the importance of volunteering and the pathway into training and employment.
Ann led a workshop in which the volunteers were asked to have their say on the monitoring and reporting of the Humankind Volunteer Programme.
The event ended with a Quiz hosted by Jeff Spence, Volunteer Coordinator, County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service.