A TRIO of volunteers from Bromsgrove have been recognised for the outstanding contribution to the brain injury charity Headway.
The awards were presented by Worcester Mayor, Coun Roger Knight, on at Headway’s 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Margaret Barton, Margaret Chown and Jenny Deighton have been running arts and craft classes for people with brain injuries for more than a decade.
Art session tutor Pam McGreggor said: “We wouldn’t function without volunteers – they can give one-to-one whilst I run the session.
“We are a team.”
Volunteer Jenny added: “I get a lot of pleasure from helping to make life more meaningful for people who otherwise may spend time alone.”
During a speech, Coun Knight highlighted heartwarming stories of those who have suffered brain haemorrhages, tumours and car crashes and the support Headway has provided when they ‘felt stuck’.”
Award winner Margaret Chown said: “I enjoy spending time with patients and seeing them smile, laugh and receive enjoyment.”
Over the last year alone, Headway has helped more than 150 people progress in their lives.
Volunteer Margaret Barton said: “I love to be involved with people who have had life changing health experiences and help them move forward”.
Day centre manager, Lucy Page, highlighted benefit of volunteers at a time when funding had become difficult to gain.
She added: “Headway appreciates all the hard work and dedication our volunteers provide.
“Whether two or six hours, every minute helps to make a difference.”
- HEADWAY is desperately seeking volunteers to help at their Bromsgrove and Kidderminster trauma recovery day centres.
An increase in the number of volunteers will contribute to the organisation’s aim to diversify and run better their rehab programs.
The charity, founded in 1979, helps brain injury sufferers rebuild their lives after accidents and strokes through activities including cooking, gardening and socialising.
Headway recently moved from its Stourport day centre to Puxton Lane, Kidderminster and plans to open extra sessions in Bromsgrove.
Volunteers interested in arts and crafts, cookery, IT, woodwork and socialising are encouraged to get in touch by e-mailing Julia on firstname.lastname@example.org