This week (1st – 7th June) is Volunteers’ Week, a time when we all say a huge “thank you” to volunteers and recognise their invaluable and diverse contribution to so many lives. Independence Trust relies on the dedication of our hardworking volunteers, and so we were delighted when our volunteer Linda Carter received the coveted Volunteer of the Year award at the Pride of the Cotswolds Awards.
An Independence Trust volunteer for over 35 years, Linda’s story embodies the spirit of Volunteers’ Week. Primarily supporting people with complex mental health issues, nothing is ever too much for Linda; if she can’t help you she will do everything to find someone who can. Starting drop-in centres in otherwise isolated rural communities has been one of Linda’s proudest achievements, giving support for people who do not usually have the opportunity to speak to someone who truly cares. She also finds the time to help the children of St Rose’s Special School with swimming lessons.
The death of Linda’s husband to cancer three years ago only seemed to galvanise her determination to help those who need it most. Linda committed to supporting the Longfields Hospice, helping raise more than £20,000 by driving the support car on a Land’s End to John O’Groats fundraising event.
We hope Linda’s story will inspire you to join the next generation of volunteers. From cooking and gardening to music and photography classes, Independence Trust volunteers lead over 100 different groups across Gloucestershire that help to support and strengthen their clients’ emotional and physical wellbeing. Volunteering can fit around your daily activities and we value our volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.
Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? Find out more about you can volunteer for the Independence Trust here.