Volunteer and supporter awards at Welcare
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, who is president of Welcare, was delighted to be able to present the prizes at the inaugural Volunteer and Supporter Awards at the Welcare General Meeting. He also addressed the gathering.
The awards have been developed as a way to celebrate the contribution of the 200 volunteers who support the work of the charity, to which the Diocese of Southwark gives an annual grant. Welcare is a registered charity which has been working with children and families across South London and East Surry since 1894. In recent years the Charity had to withdrawn from certain areas because of cuts in local authority funding but it is now able to return and work again in Southwark and Lambeth, where they have been warmly welcomed.
In presenting the awards the Bishop paid tribute to the ‘visionary leadership’ of the CEO Anna Khan. He also said, ‘I am very proud to be the President of Welcare because it is exactly what it was set up to be a “friend to the friendless”. But this is a slow business and sometimes we can think that nothing is happening for a long time. That’s why the skill and commitment of the volunteers is so important. I am grateful for all that the Welcare Staff and volunteers give.’