Volunteers’ Week 2017 – WIAC letter printed in the Herald, 31st May
A letter of Thanks & Recognition during Volunteers Week
We would like to publicly thank all Wantage Independent Advice Centre’s volunteers. At the WIAC we have over 100 volunteers; they are amazing and give their time and experience generously to improve the lives of other residents within our community.
The W.I.A.C is based in Wantage but helps and supports lots of people living in villages & towns within the Vale.
We run a Community Transport Scheme, volunteer drivers in their own cars, for elderly and infirm people. This scheme enables people to reach vital services such as Doctors, Hospitals, Day Centres & we also take them shopping*.
We run a Good Neighbour Scheme for people who might require a befriending volunteer because they are feeling lonely or isolated; we also help with paperwork and other small tasks. We can also help liaise with specialist agencies.
We offer FREE, confidential Advice on a host of subjects including Debt & Benefits.
As the paid, part-time Operational Managers of this service we are indebted to the dedication, professionalism & thoughtfulness of our volunteers and the empathy they have for our clients. Many people do not understand that they give their time freely and willingly and without them the Centre could not operate or provide this valuable service to the residents of the Vale.
We would like to thank our chairman Mr Peter Harbour for steering the Centre through these challenging times. Peter offers us time as a volunteer advisor as well as a volunteer trustee.
A big thank you to those that are already volunteering and if you have any spare time please come and join our happy team. If you would like to find out more about the WIAC and how it supports people in your community please go to our web site www.wantageadvice.org.uk or come along to our AGM at the Beacon on Tuesday 20th June @ 7.30pm.
Wendy Watson & Pamela Roscoe (Joint Operations Managers)
*There is a small fare for the transport service.