VOLUNTEERS from all over Thurrock gathered on Thursday 9 June at the Beehive Centre, Grays, as part of an event to help them celebrate National Volunteers’ Week.
Volunteers working in Thurrock were invited to the Royal Tea event so that they could come together for a cup of tea, some cake and to share some of their experiences of volunteering in the borough.
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Cathy Kent, attended the event.
She said: “I am very proud of all the volunteers and the help they provide to the local community.
“Everyone had a great time at the event today and I would like to thank everyone who came.
“Volunteering is a fantastic asset to Thurrock and our community and is invaluable to residents of all ages for the support they receive, but also for the volunteers themselves to gain important work experience.”
Thurrock Council has more than 250 volunteers helping in a variety of roles, from delivering books to housebound residents to supporting local youth clubs.
National Volunteers’ Week actually runs over a period of 12 days this year following on from the success of last year’s celebrations, from 1 June to 12 June 2016.
If you would like to find out more about the council’s volunteer programme, go to thurrock.gov.uk/volunteering