Volunteers receive special thanks from Colchester’s mayor

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More than 100 people who give up their time to help others received a very special thanks at an exclusive luncheon on Thursday 22nd February with Colchester’s mayor, Gerard Oxford – including 3 volunteers from our Futures In Mind service – Kelly, Caroline and Sofie.

The mayor and his wife, Beverely, organised a volunteer luncheon at Colchester Town Hall to celebrate the hard work of volunteers across the region and to highlight the difference they make in the community.

There were also some special guests who hosted at each of the tables, including High Steward of Colchester Sir Bob Russell, Garrison Sergeant Major William Biggar, Police Chief Inspector Shaun Kane and the High Sheriff of Essex Simon Hall. The event was sponsored by a number of companies and Mr Oxford thanked them for their support.

Jessica Firth, Futures In Mind Coordinator, says: “we are so pleased that some of our volunteers at Futures In Mind have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to our service. We are extremely grateful to all our volunteers as the service would not be able to run without them – thank you on behalf of all the service-users you support!”

Thank you to Kelly, Caroline and Sofie for your support and representing Futures In Mind!


Kelly (L) and Sofie (R) at the Mayor’s Volunteer Lunch – photo reproduced with kind permission of Colchester Gazette.


Our volunteers help out in a variety of ways and we wouldn’t be able to continue running our services in the local area without their support. They support our staff in administration, the fundraising & marketing department and our client-facing services. 

If you would like to join our team, then please see our volunteer page to find a role that suits you; you only need to volunteer the time you can manage. Anyone can volunteer, although you do need to be at least 17 years old. We look forward to welcoming you on board!