Volunteering Kirklees were delighted to present The Welcome Centre with this award in March 2019. The assessment panel were particularly impressed with the training and induction provided to volunteers and how they are kept up to date and involved with The Welcome Centre.
The assessor really enjoyed her visit and it was clear that volunteers were supported and valued at The Welcome Centre. Volunteers at the centre we’re invited to attend the award presentation and commented :
"I feel proud to be part of such a worthwhile organisation"
"I'm very pleased that the hard work of the volunteers has been recognised. Such a friendly, helpful and kind group of people"
"The Welcome Centre is such a friendly, rewarding and fulfilling place to volunteer. Thank you to Lada and the staff for making it so"
Ellie Coteau – Centre Manager at The Welcome Centre said: We're incredibly proud to have achieved the Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award in recognition of our volunteering standards. At The Welcome Centre we rely on a team of hard-working, enthusiastic, committed volunteers; we couldn't do what we do without them. We work really hard to make our working environment supportive and inclusive for all our volunteers, in all aspects of their work. Thank you to Volunteering Kirklees for recognising our efforts, and thank you to all of our volunteers for being part of The Welcome Centre team!
The Welcome Centre is one of the largest food banks in the north of England. Last year they gave out enough food for 199,548 meals. They also provide guidance and support to help people address underlying issues which prevent them getting back on their feet. The Welcome Centre is an independent, local charity which relies on volunteers and donations.