Give a Gift Campaign

This year St Albans and Dorothy Parkes Centre worked in partnership on a local initiative “Give a Gift”.  This campaign was to collect gifts for children who would be spending Christmas in hospital and gifts for older people who would not otherwise receive anything.

We were absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who donated to us, but most especially a massive thank you to Shireland Hall Primary who collected approx 100 gifts. This was an amazing effort and we hope they understand what it means to us all.

The gifts collected for children were sorted into age appropriate categories, then wrapped, labelled and delivered to Sandwell Hospital and City Hospitals to be given out on the Paediatric wards.

The gifts for older people were given to a local group who provide Christmas dinner for those who have no family and the remainder were passed to the hospitals for distribution on their older persons wards for those remaining in hospital over the festive period.

Alan – St Albans Volunteer of the Year

The Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award

On Friday 8th June 2018 St Albans Community Association held their annual volunteer awards at Brandhall Labour Club in Oldbury.

Every year staff are asked to nominate the volunteer they felt contributed significantly to the centre to receive the Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominees are current volunteers of the centre. Staff voted and the unanimous winner was Alan Fereday.

Alan has been with St Albans for over 10 years and in this time has covered many volunteer roles including driving our minibus.

He has become an integral part of our team and we genuinely would struggle to cope with the Outmeal deliveries without him. Alan volunteers 5 days per week in the centre delivering over 50 meals per week to housebound clients.

Pete Ryan and our Chair, Robert Evetts presented the Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award to Alan for his commitment and dedication to St Albans.

There were many more awards presented to the volunteers that evening and the St Albans staff and supporters had a great evening. With a buffet made up of a range of sandwiches, chicken or vegetarian curry, rice, naan bread and samosa. The evening was a great success, there was lots of eating, dancing and fun.

Gill Scarrow – Befriending Volunteer of the Year

On Friday 8th June 2018 St Albans Community Association held their annual volunteer awards at Brandhall Labour Club in Oldbury.
Every year the befriending team are asked to nominate their Befriending Volunteer of the Year. This year they nominated Gill Scarrow.
Gill has volunteered with the Befriending team since March 2014, and during this time she has visited many clients for us.
Gill currently visits 4 clients a week. She often takes them out for breakfast or lunch, goes out walking with them, takes them to medical appointments, takes them to church etc. All of which is above and beyond the remit of a befriending volunteer. We are proud to have her as a volunteer for the Our Friend is Your Friend Project.