On 19 July, Gloria Cogle, aged 94 and for 39 years a Meals on Wheels volunteer, cut the ribbon to launch the new Voluntary Sector Hub in the Mole Room at the Civic Centre in Esher. This new facility will be a shop window and information centre open 5 days a week for the many voluntary and community groups that provide vital support to the residents of the borough. The support available on a weekly basis will range from helping single people find accommodation, providing career advice to help find employment and volunteer recruitment.
The official launch of the Voluntary Sector Hub was attended by over 37 people including the Mayor, and represented 16 voluntary sector organisations. The event gave an opportunity to see first-hand what this excellent facility can provide, a chance to network and how the Council supports the voluntary, community and faith sector with advice and funding.
Portfolio Holder for Social Affairs, Councillor Ruth Lyon has commented, “I am absolutely delighted that the Council has been able to offer the local voluntary sector the opportunity to use this facility and it’s free of charge. I am sure with the organisations that are already going to use the room and lots of interest already received, this shop window can only lead to more support to the borough, particularly to those in most need. Please contact Voluntary Action Elmbridge if you would like to find out more about how you can access the Hub”.
This location will enable additional outreach for Voluntary Action Elmbridge, Rentstart and ETHOS however, if you support a voluntary or community group and need a base in Esher, please contact Voluntary Action Elmbridge as there are still sessions available during the week. You can call Voluntary Action Elmbridge on 01372 463587, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website: vae.org.uk.