The volunteers involved help provide a wide range of services to families. This includes: running parent and toddler groups within the local community, supporting parents to access early learning opportunities and other family services, and running the book
Volunteers who have helped deliver these services received a certificate in acknowledgement of their contribution and enjoyed a lunch together. The event also looked at how to develop further volunteer opportunities to support local families.
The way in which volunteers have supported children’s centre service in Keighley ties in with the Council’s Education Covenant. The covenant asks communities and neighbourhoods to play their part in helping the development and wellbeing of young people.
Julie Greene, Early Childhood Services Manager, said: "This event is a great way of celebrating our volunteers. The contribution they make is enormous and we really value what they do.
"Volunteering can be a great way for people to develop skills and confidence. Some of our volunteers have gone onto further training, including one volunteer undertaking a degree in social work, and others have gained employment as teaching assistants and
"We would like to recruit more volunteers. It does not matter how much or how little time you are able to give; from one hour to five days a week, please contact us is you want to find out more.”
Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Executive Member for Education, Skills and Culture, said: "I want to thank all those who have volunteered to help deliver these services. The Bradford Education Covenant is about everyone in Bradford playing their part in ensuring
that our young people achieve their best in life. These volunteers are a great example of how people are already taking up that challenge and doing their bit for the children of Bradford. It's really impressive."
If you would like the chance to become a volunteer and learn new skills, gain training, help others and your local community, please contact Theresa Deighton Power on 01535 618005.