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Centre's band of loyal volunteers
6:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
A CHARITY has praised its volunteers, including two 80- year-olds who are devoted to the cause.
Trinity Family Centre, part of Trinity Methodist Church in Westcliff, thanked its loyal band of dedicated volunteers who keep its many services running.
From helping run the charity shop in West Road, to running family clubs, providing meals to older people and mother and toddler groups the centre is a bustling place.
Great-grandmother Pam Giera and Norman Cowin are two vital components of the volunteer machine.
Mrs Giera, 80, has been giving up every morning to work in the charity shop since before the centre was started more than 13 years ago.
She said: “I do each morning in the shop and then Tuesday evenings I work for the family club, doing anything I’m needed to do.
“I’m not a person to sit around vegetating. I like to be up doing something and being with people.
“It gives me a reason to get up in the morning.
“I enjoy it and hopefully people appreciate it. My life would be very boring and flat if I didn’t do this.”
The former opthalmic dispenser and sheltered housing manager enjoys making friends and, since her husband died, enjoys keeping busy.
Great-grandfather Mr Cowin, also 80, describes himself as a “recycled teenager” and spends many hours a week helping at the centre.
He said: “I help at the mother and toddler group, Mencap, meals for the older people, home from home clubs and , youth club. I’m here every day. I do it for the satisfaction.
“I walk the streets and people recognise me. I’m socialising and I’m not stuck in the house.
“It gives me a reason for living.
"I had inspiration to do this when my wife passed away. I go home with a spring in my step and to an empty, but happy home. The happiness has been created throughout the day.”
Project manager Lousie Dipper said: “Trinity Family Centre depends on its loyal band of dedicated volunteers, without whom we couldn’t continue.
“If you have ever considered volunteering, but think you have nothing to offer or are too old then think again.
" Two of our hardest working volunteers are both in their eighties and between them have clocked up an impressive 1,910 hours in the past year.“
To help at the centre call 01702 351998.
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