31 volunteers from the charity, which provides essential services to combat homelessness across Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne, Hastings and Sussex, were received in the Mayor’s Parlour at Brighton Town Hall to thank them for their work with Brighton Housing Trust (BHT).
The event was part of Volunteers’ Week which aims to promote volunteering activities throughout the community and saw a number of charities from across Surrey, Kent and Sussex awarded for their voluntary services both locally and nationally.
Mayor West explained his knowledge of the charity and its Chief Executive Andy Winter and revealed how he had himself volunteered at Brighton Housing Trust’s First Base Day Centre service in the past.
Cllr West said: “I am delighted to have BHT as one of my chosen mayor’s charities.
“I recognise straight away the high quality, skills and experience volunteers bring to the table, without their contribution BHT wouldn’t be able to make the positive changes to so many clients and tenants lives. Thank you for what you do.”
Cicelie Vobe, Admin Support Volunteer at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Project, said: “I am so grateful to have been welcomed into such a great team that has offered me such a range of opportunities.
“I have been able to develop so many skills and my confidence has been boosted enormously through my role in the office and in the workshops”.
Daniel O’Connell, Head of HR and Learning Development at BHT, said: “Brighton Housing Trust recognises the high quality, skills and experience our volunteers bring and develop with us, but especially the difference they make in empowering our clients and tenants to make positive changes in their lives.
“BHT has 152 volunteers across its services supporting their mission to combat homelessness, create opportunities and promote change. Many of our volunteers are former clients and want to give something back. The work that they do is invaluable.
“We are so grateful to them for their work and to the Mayor for recognising the added value that they bring.”
To find out more about Brighton Housing Trust and how to volunteer with the charity, visit www.bht.org.uk