Monday 12th December saw SafeWise hold their very first Volunteer Carol Evening at SafeWise Bournemouth. The evening was a celebration of the outstanding difference all our volunteers make to SafeWise and the people of all ages that attend our centres. It is the volunteers that make SafeWise the success it is today.

Throughout the evening we were joined with singing by the gifted RNLI Choir and their talented keyboard and flute accompaniment. The carols were well known and the RNLI Choir also sang a number of solos which everyone enjoyed.

All of the volunteers were formally thanked for their commitment to SafeWise during the last year and indeed over the last eighteen years since the charity was formed. Awards were presented in recognition of long service, the number of tours given overall and, the number of tours delivered during 2016. The awards included :-

  • 15 year service awards (3 people).
  • 10 year award (1 person)
  • 1000 tours* (1 person)
  • 250 tours* (2 people)
  • 100 tours* (2 people)
  • During 2016 the volunteers with the top three highest number of tours delivered was 73, followed by 60 and 54 tours.

*a tour is made up of a variety of scenarios and typically lasts a morning or afternoon

Andrew Laws, Centre Manager said “Undoubtedly it is our volunteers through their dedication and commitment that save lives and positively impact many more through educating and giving people the confidence and knowledge to make the right choices and giving them the knowledge of what they should do if something does go wrong.

We wanted to hold an event that was a little different to thank them and at the same time provide a lovely and memorable start to the season’s festivities.”

The SafeWise venue provided a unique location for the evening and meant we had an outside setting without being exposed to the elements. The team and volunteers look forward to running the evening again next year.

Special thanks goes to our supporters including the RNLI Choir, Little Red Roaster (provided freshly ground coffee); Tesco Kinson (provided mulled wine); JP Morgan Community Fund (for the Christmas trees); Haskins Garden Centre (for the loan of sparkly Christmas decorations and Christmas lights).

The team are always looking for more volunteers so if you would like to get involved and make a real difference to the lives of people in the community please contact Andrew Laws, SafeWise Bournemouth Centre Manager on 01202 591330 or by email for more information.