Volunteers’ Week: Thank you to Lisa

I have been very lucky to have worked with some incredible volunteers over this last year. Each of the teams I have ran have enthusiastically completed some brilliant projects which have made, and will continue to make, a big impact in the local community.

Although there is one volunteer who I would like to make a special mention to, every team has been incredible and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken part in the Oldham Community Action Teams as well as the Community Work’s teams and helped to make such a big impact on the local community.

Lisa volunteering on siteLisa Capelli started volunteering with Groundwork on the Oldham Community Action Team. An Italian national, Lisa had been studying at the University of Manchester prior to coming onto the course and she started the on OCAT in order to gain some practical experience of how community and environmental projects worked, building on the theory she had gained at University.

Shy at first, Lisa soon became a motivational force on the team, helping and supporting different team members, going above and beyond her role. She jumped into new experiences with a broad selection of people from different backgrounds. She helped to encourage other learners to try new things and she supported them through the project. Her fellow team members recognised her hard work and voted her as the ‘Star Learner’ for the team. They commented on Lisa’s hard work, saying things like:

“She has been involved in everything and has never once said she didn’t want to do the work. She has worked hard all the time and it has been a pleasure getting to know her.”

“Lisa is a very confident person and helps you when you are struggling. She’s very easy to get on with and makes the rest of the team feel good.”

“Lisa always arrives on time and she has worked hard on every project.”

Lisa has continued to volunteer with us after OCAT, staying on to complete the Community Works voluntary course and coming back as a volunteer assistant when she is available to support other projects, recently coming out with us to plant trees at the new Q Gardens site in Rochdale. Alongside working part time, Lisa has also been volunteering with Emerge and Action for Sustainable Living in Manchester and I have no doubts that she will continue to be active in a broad range of community and environmental projects.

So again, I would like to say a big thank you to Lisa for her dedication and commitment to our volunteer projects!

By Tobias Jones, Education & Communities Project Officer and course leader at Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale.

Volunteers’ Week takes place from 1-7 June 2013 and this year’s Volunteers’ Week focusses on saying ‘Thank You’ to the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society.

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