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The sensory charity is celebrating its volunteers with a special thank you event

The sensory charity is celebrating its volunteers with a special thank you event

A charity supporting thousands of people with sensory loss in the Forth Valley has thanked volunteers with a special event to mark Volunteering Week.

Forth Valley Sensory Center (FVSC) has 50 volunteers who help with a range of activities and events at the centre. These include helping out in their sensory and kitchen garden, leading groups, taking center users to events and activities, working in the cafe and doing odd jobs and DIY.

The charity held an afternoon tea at Dobbie’s Garden Center in Stirling at the beginning of June as part of the 40th Year of Volunteer Appreciation Week.

FVSC has supported people with sensory loss and their families living in central Scotland, including Stirling and Clackmannanshire, for more than 15 years.
It acts as a community hub, offering support, advice, practical help and social opportunities.

The center helps around 20,000 people each year and is funded by a mix of statutory funding and donations.

The charity recently received £200,000 over three years from the National Lottery Community Fund to tackle isolation and loneliness caused by sensory loss, and new services will take place in locations and community centers across the area to increase access and availability .

Jean Armstrong, a volunteer gardener at FVSC said:

“The event was absolutely wonderful. The food was delicious and it was so great to see all the volunteers together. Because we all volunteer in different areas, we don’t see each other often. So it’s really fun when we get a chance to chill together like that. We all really appreciate the Center organizing the event for us.

Hannah Wilson, FVSC Volunteer Coordinator said:

“At the centre, we think it’s incredibly important to thank our volunteers and show them how much we appreciate them on a regular basis. We couldn’t function without their vital support and we are grateful for everything they do, no matter how minor it may seem to our volunteers, so during these events we like them to relax and make sure we the staff do everything. the work. We are already planning our voluntary Christmas party.”