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Framework Celebrates Invaluable Contribution of Volunteers

14 June 19 words: Gemma Fenyn

June 1st marked the start of Volunteers Week, a celebration designed to acknowledge the hours of unpaid work individuals put in throughout the UK. As part of this, Friday night saw Framework host a very special event.

Volunteer Viv receives her long service award

Framework’s annual Volunteer Celebration is just one way in which the charity likes to thank its many voluntary staff for their hard work. Individuals put in hours both behind the scenes in support roles, and in services assisting staff; over the past year alone, they have seen a total of 249 volunteers through their doors.
Nottingham’s Cafe Sobar was the venue of choice for the evening where guests were treated to a top notch spread and live music from duo Joe Egan and Simon Paterson who performed as Angels in the Architecture. To top the bill off, Framework Communications Manager, Neil Skinner, surprised the crowd with some impressive close-up magic!
Once bellies were full, Operations Manager and compere for proceedings Richard Oskwarek cracked on with the presentations where staff and volunteers shared their experiences and individuals were recognised for their long service. Viv, a receptionist based in Bulwell received her three year award. She said: “I was surprised to hear that I was getting the award. Time has gone by so quickly.”

Volunteers Kay-Ann and Shepherd

Alongside this, Framework announced their partnership with Room to Reward, a charity that works with hotels to gift their unsold rooms to hidden heroes. Five volunteers in total were nominated by the employees they work alongside and each were presented with a much deserved mini-break.
Over the past ten years, Framework has evolved to become one of the largest organisations of its type in the country and now extends its reach far beyond the city boundaries. Helping more than 16,000 people a year to overcome crisis, many of its clients find their way into volunteering eventually making the jump into paid employment.

“One of the best things about the job is watching people come through the service and move into volunteering themselves.” Remarked Volunteer Coordinator, Omied Hallam, “There are so many people who came to us for help and they’re now supporting us”
Omied, who is primarily responsible for recruiting, training and placing volunteers within the organisation tells us, “I’m really proud of volunteering at Framework and what we do, I think we offer something really good.” The organisation not only provides a wide variety of placements but it ensures that individuals have access to training and development, as well as offering support with any expenses incurred.
As was noted at the event, if there were no volunteers, Framework would continue to operate, delivering housing, health, employment, support and care services to those who need it most; but the organisation is made richer by the diverse range of people who offer hours of support each month. Find out more about how you can get involved here.

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