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Yorkshire Housing recently celebrated the ten year anniversary for several volunteers who have helped out at Sherwood Court extra care scheme in Wakefield for the past decade.

Anne Halewood first started off her volunteering work at Sherwood Court when she helped a friend of hers to move in. She soon started to come more regularly, helping with events, trips and reaching out to the local community. Anne now helps to run the regular Monday coffee morning and assists with activities and events for residents.

Also celebrating ten years of volunteering was Andrew Teasdale Smith, who runs the shop at Sherwood court. He comes in everyday for a few hours traveling from Stanley in Wakefield to Sherwood on the bus, come rain or shine.

Others marking ten years included Patricia Highton and Mavis Buckley, who have both supported customers over the years when Sherwood Court held summer fairs, outings, Christmas events and coffee mornings. They have also given up their bank holidays to make sure the coffee mornings still went ahead.

Marking their eight year volunteering anniversary were Maureen Carter and Marjory Crane who have helped out at Sherwood Court customers on a regular basis. To mark the anniversary all the volunteers were presented with flowers, a gift, certificate and vouchers by Yorkshire Housing staff. Anne Halewood said:

“I really enjoy volunteering for Yorkshire Housing because you get such personal satisfaction from it and it feels like you’re really giving something back. It’s like being part of a family, which is nice because some of the residents don’t have family nearby. It gives me a feeling of bringing joy to people’s lives.”

James Haigh, Yorkshire Housing’s community investment manager said:

“Volunteers play a massively important role in the work of Yorkshire Housing. I would encourage any of our customers to get involved in volunteering with Yorkshire Housing. If you would like to meet people, learn new skills and help build your CV, you should apply be a Yorkshire Housing volunteer today. All volunteers will get lots of support, receiving a volunteer handbook, an induction and on-going training for their position.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering, please email James.Haigh@yorkshirehousing.co.uk.