A Volunteer Thank You Event was held at Mathall Hall, Chelford in January to thank all the BEACON volunteers for their hard work and support over the year. This is the second Thank You Event that BEACON has held, and was as succeesful and well-received as the first.
Sally Potts, BEACON Project Officer, gave a presentation about the work that BEACON has done over the past year, and the achievements of its staff and volunteers. This presentation was interspersed by four volunteers from KRIV, Avro Golf Club, Birkin Fly Fishers and the designer of this very website (thanks Ade 🙂 ) who gave their account of how they got involved with BEACON over the past year, and what they do to support the project.
There were displays in the hall showing statistics of how many km of balsam pulled, how many volunteer hours contributed etc, and large maps of the catchment for people to view. It was good to be able to see these statistics in a graphical way, as it really illustrates the impact BEACON has had over the year.
There were 25 volunteers that attended the evening with a good mixture of partner organisations and volunteers amongst the attendees.
There was also a light-hearted awards section at the end of the evening where golden spoons were presented to organisations for categories such as the ‘Best Sprayer’ or ‘Wettest Balsam Bash’. These awards were well received.
No formal feedback was received via the feedback cards, but the following are excerpts from emails sent after the Thank You Event:
‘Thank you for last night, it was great to see other aspects of Beacon’s work’
‘Well done for everything last night – the format of how you talk interspersed with others talking is really good!’
‘What a brilliant meeting that was yesterday. The way you interspersed your talk with the pieces from the volunteers was so good……. and the golden spoons with their pictures are a lovely idea.’
‘Well done for your event last week – I thought the presentations were fascinating; and was as always impressed with your organisation and promotion of the event.’
And it is just down to BEACON to say thank you to all our volunteers for your help and support over the last year, and may it continue for 2015. We really couldn’t do it without you!