JA has saying thanks down to a ‘tea’

Wednesday 26 June 2019

A traditional afternoon tea held in the imposing surroundings of Douglas town hall’s council chamber was just one of a series of events arranged by Junior Achievement for Volunteer Appreciation Week to say thank you to the Manx charity’s team of volunteers and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Junior Achievement worldwide.

Along with tea and cakes there was also an opportunity to hear from Simply Marketing’s Alison Teare whose talk, ‘How to get the best out of LinkedIn’ showed how the social network site could help volunteers to build up their professional profile and promote their volunteering activities.

Rounding off the week was ‘Just Desserts’ at the Manx Legion, another opportunity for tea and cakes and for which SmartHR provided two £50 Marks & Spencer vouchers as raffle prizes.

JA volunteer and events coordinator Jo Pack said: ‘Over the week we were able to entertain and say “thank you” to about 120 of our volunteers. Volunteer Appreciation Week was not only about saying thank you and recognising the invaluable support volunteers provide, but it was also one of the rare opportunities for us to meet up with our volunteers in a social, rather than work, environment, share ideas and also for them to network; some of them even brought along potential new volunteers.

‘Volunteers are our biggest resource. Without them we could never deliver our JA programmes in every primary and secondary school in the Isle of Man and help young people make that all-important connection between education and the world of work.’

To find out more about volunteering contact Jo Pack, 666266, jo.pack@jaiom.im.