The event was part of Volunteers Week which aims to promote volunteering activities throughout the community.
Cllr West said: “I am delighted to have BHT as one of my chosen mayor’s charities. I have known Andy Winter, the Chief Executive of BHT, for a very long time and used to volunteer at First Base.
“I recognise straight away the high quality, skills and experience volunteers bring to the table, without their contribution BHT wouldn’t be able to make the positive changes to so many clients and tenants lives.
“Thank you for what you do.”
Cicelie Vobe who is the Admin Support Volunteer at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Project, said: “I am so grateful to have been welcomed into such a great team that has offered me such a range of opportunities. I have been able to develop so many skills and my confidence has been boosted enormously through my role in the office and in the workshops”.
My colleague Daniel O’Connell, who is Head of HR and Learning Development at BHT, said: “Brighton Housing Trust recognises the high quality, skills and experience our volunteers bring and develop with us, but especially the difference they make in empowering our clients and tenants to make positive changes in their lives.
“We are so grateful to them for their work and to the Mayor for recognising the added value that they bring.”
BHT has 152 volunteers across its services supporting their mission to combat homelessness, create opportunities and promote change. Many of our volunteers are former clients and want to give something back. The work that they do is invaluable. I can but echo the thanks of the Mayor and of Daniel, and I wish Cicelie and the other volunteers all the best for their future.