Lucky Thirteen Local Charities Join the Dots at the Museum
Interlink RCT’s raft of Events celebrating Volunteers Week 2018 culminated on Friday night as the Cynon Valley Museum hosted “Joining the Dots,” giving 13 charities, 5 funders and a local School the opportunity to network and showcase their achievements in their local communities.
Thomas Crockett, Interlink’s Volunteering Officer welcomed the guests and encouraged them to take pride in their immense contribution to society as a whole, before the Cynon Valley Museum described their journey to full ownership of a now vibrant local facility and community hub.
A video produced by Geraint Jones of Ystrad Activity Club then featured inspiring interviews with staff and volunteers from Rowan Tree Cancer Care, Welcome Friends, the Llantrisant Feel Good Factory and the Lee Gardens Paddling Pool Committee from Penrhiwceiber, who have supported five volunteer lifeguards into employment in the last year.
The Samaritans, Aberdare Park Committee, Valleys Steps, Merthyr and the Valleys Mind, Accessible Wales and Aber Arts Wales also described their valuable contributions to the voluntary sector in RCT, before Mr David Church from Mountain Ash Comprehensive School reported on their First Give project which engages students at the school with local charities.
Charities present were also delighted of the opportunity to meet funding organisations the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery Fund, Penycymoedd, Tesco and Asda, whilst enjoying the excellent catering of the Museum’s in house caterer Marty’s Caff; in fact the organisations were still networking furiously as the event drew to a close!
Interlink RCT would like to thank the Cynon Valley Museum and the Lee Gardens Paddling Pool Committee for their support in putting on the event. We intend to publish the video shown on the evening in the near future and for more information about the event please contact Interlink Volunteering Officer Thomas Crockett on 01443 846200 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.