Last week Help Musicians UK treated our volunteer visitors to afternoon tea in York and London, giving them a chance to meet one another and share stories in a relaxed environment.Angela Riches-Heed, Visitor & Volunteer Co-ordinator, ‘I’m pleased we were able to say a huge thank you to our volunteers, who are so important in helping us support musicians throughout the UK. They’re a dedicated group who don’t often get the opportunity to meet one another, as visiting musicians is on a one to one basis. It meant a lot to come together and show our volunteers how much we value the time they give to musicians’.
Volunteer Visitors play a vital role by regularly visiting older musicians in their homes. They provide a listening ear and a reassurance that Help Musicians UK is there to help when needed.
David Appleton, who attended the York Afternoon Tea, says of his role 'It's not the sort of volunteering which saves lives after wars or natural disasters, or improves peoples' quality of life and life expectancy by digging wells - and I greatly respect those who do such things - but it's something I can do because, although I never had anything like the talent of the people I visit, I too have enjoyed making music.'
We need Volunteer Musicians Supporters in most areas of the UK and particularly in West Midlands, East Sussex, Kent and Thames Valley. Email [email protected] or call 0207 239 9100 to find out more about our volunteering opportunities.
Many thanks to Grand York Hotel for providing a discount for the Afternoon Tea and to Waitrose who kindly donated chocolates to each volunteer for the occasion.