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#HaloHero’s National Volunteers Week 2020

There have been countless kind and compassionate acts of community support since the lockdown in March, which has made this month's Volunteers Week (1 - 7 June) more of a celebration than ever. We think our staff are already hero’s for the role they play in helping more people get more active more often - but even when our centres are closed our staff are still doing their bit.  We want to give an appreciative shout out to all the Halo Leisure staff and all the members who’ve gone the extra mile to support their neighbours during this crisis...

#HaloHero’s - Jess

Our first shout out goes to Jess, part of the Halo Active Communities Team in Bridgend County. Jess is delivering food to vulnerable people and helping out at the local food bank.

Jess said “After I was furloughed from work I registered with Volunteering Wales. I am heavily involved with Halo’s ‘Feel Good For Life’ campaign which supports people with dementia and their families. I understand just how important socialisation is for people living with medical conditions and older members of our community so when I am out delivering meals I always make time for a natter and a listening ear’

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#HaloHero’s - Ginny

The next shout out goes to Ginny. A Customer Service Manager at Hereford Leisure Centre, her normal day consists of organising the gym, group exercise classes and generally overseeing activity in the centre. But her day’s are now taken up delivering food to up to 30 people every day.

“Since lockdown I have been volunteering for a group called Covid-19 SOS. We cook over 200 hot meals every day and deliver to elderly people and those who are self isolating.” She says she found on those delivery rounds countless opportunities to share activity and mobility tips to help keep people strong and healthy. “I’ve been humbled by the experience. I’ve had people shout their thanks from gardens and through windows in a way that’s brought me to tears."

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#HaloHero’s - Cathy

Next up for a thank you is Halo’s Marketing Manager Cathy. Home working and homeschooling meant she couldn't do the normal volunteering jobs of delivering food and prescriptions. But that didn't stop her from getting involved with Ross On Wye Good Neighbour Scheme. It’s fair to say that Cathy loves nothing more than a chinwag so it made perfect sense for her to join the team of telephone befrienders who make regular check in and chat calls to anyone in the area who might be feeling isolated, lonely or just welcomes a good old natter.

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#HaloHero’s - Rachel

Customer Service is what Rachel does best. Normally found in the reception area at Bridgnorth Endowed Leisure Centre welcoming families to swimming lessons and adults for their workouts. Now she is serving customers through the Bridgnorth Covid-19 Mutual Aid group - collecting and delivering prescriptions and food for the most vulnerable and isolated in the area.

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#HaloHero’s - Katie

Katie is normally found poolside as a lifeguard at Hereford Leisure Pool. During lockdown she volunteered to take on the role of full time carer for her grandmother who is living with dementia.  By taking on these caring responsibilities she as freed up the family member who normally looks after her grandmother,  to focus on her role as a nurse and key worker in the NHS.

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#HaloHero’s - Kerry

As a social enterprise and charity - Halo is all about the local community and this week we have showcased some of our wonderful staff and how they are carrying this community spirit into their personal lives in the form of volunteering. Last but by no means least - we want to tell you about Kerry, a long serving volunteer at Ogmore Valley Life Centre. Kerry is 78 and often volunteers up to 30 hours per week. She helps in the library, runs the cinema club, cleans the facilities, works on reception but the greatest impact Kerry has made is with her work with older people. She is an important link between Halo and residents at the local residential home, where she encourages them to be more active, socialise, and stops them from feeling isolated and lonely as well as facilitating Halo delivered activities in the residential setting.  She is making a huge difference to the lives she has touched - her patience, empathy and zest for life has rubbed off and we are seeing more older people visit us and that is down to Betty! Most of all, Betty is a big friend to EVERY staff member and customer, she is a massive part of our team and we can all take a leaf out of her book of positivity. We all love Betty and believe the world should have more Betty Kerry's in it.”

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