Selected volunteers recently gathered for the celebration and recognition of the support and efforts they have given to Council projects and initiatives within the last year.
Representatives from volunteering groups and organisations as well as individual environmental volunteers were recognised as part of the celebration.
The afternoon provided an opportunity for networking and learning about the impact being made within local communities.
Ashfield gave its thanks to all volunteers who are making a huge difference to their local area, volunteering at times to suit them and with support available from the Council when needed.
The Vice Chairman, Councillor Mike Smith stated “the visible improvements across the District would not have been possible without individuals, groups, schools and organisations working successfully together.
"I would personally like to thank the officers involved who work with you on a regular basis and who coordinated the event”.
The event involved a presentation for managers, officers and Councillors to praise the volunteers for their hard work, time and enthusiasm given. Volunteers were presented with a certificate and souvenir by Vice Chairman, Councillor Mike Smith.
One of the volunteers said “it was lovely meeting people, I really enjoyed the background music and it gave a lovely atmosphere to the event”.
A member of a community group said “it’s brilliant for us to get a certificate and to represent the group of volunteers as it is a real team effort for the work that we do”.
The event also involved a harpist, violinist and a raffle. A raffle prize of a luxury fruit basket was kindly donated by Morrisons and won by a representatives from St Johns Foodbank and Outreach Project.
Councillor Nicolle Ndiweni, Portfolio Holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, also commented: “Volunteering can greatly enhance quality of life for Ashfield residents, and benefits include improving the environment, assisting with events and health and wellbeing related activities”.