Our Special Winter Volunteer Open Evening

The Net Community Hub and WALT Special Volunteer Evening. L-R Winter Volunteer Jean Judge and WALT Director Trish Reilly. Photo credit Jaye Nolan
Jean, left, receives her award from WALT director, Tricia Reilly

After a busy summer and autumn, The Net Community Hub and Walderslade Together (WALT) decided to honour its most long standing volunteer, Jean Judge, making her our Special Winter Volunteer.

To celebrate, we invited our partners and supporters along to share stories of how we make a valuable contribution to our local community.

The Volunteer’s Networking evening, which takes place on the first Wednesday in the month, was the perfect opportunity for board members and partners to meet the volunteers and each other, helping ensure that socially isolated or vulnerable people are signposted to services that will benefit them.

Medway councillor for the Walderslade ward, David Brake said: “Congratulations on a splendid event. Meet the Walt Team did what it said on the tin! Lots of chatting, lots of people wanting to share their experiences and explain what they were doing for both WALT and the NET. I was encouraged with what I heard and indeed encouraged with what I saw – lots of local people involved in supporting the community.”

Carla Vanzyl, Medway Council, said: “Very impressed with the real conviction the carer told her story about what WALT did for her and her husband, how the support was just right, what they needed and how she now wants to reach out to others in the community. The relationships between all was also very evident and meaningful.”

One of the most recent additions to The Net’s support services is the advent of a Time To Talk peer support session, run by volunteer Liz. Thanks to a grant from the NHS Medway CCG through the Involving Medway project, this valuable mental health support is now guaranteed for the foreseeable future.

The Net Hub was delighted to receive additional grants from Awards For All for premises improvements and to fund more open activities, and from Kent Reliance via the Kent Community Foundation to set up a Luncheon Club once a month. With the return of the Medway Youth Service with their drop in session for young people, the Hub is on its way to providing opportunities for all sections of its local community.

If you’d like to find out more about us, or WALT, feel free to drop in during our open sessions, or contact via the details on our contact page.

We look forward to seeing you 🙂 Enjoy our gallery of this special evening:

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