Three cheers for the Bield Volunteers

by Sarah Fairley

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Tenants and staff of Sheltered Housing development celebrate their volunteers

Bield Volunteer CelebrationTenants and staff at a Bield Sheltered Housing development in Selkirk have been celebrating the important role of volunteers by dedicating a night completely to them.

To acknowledge their hard work, Mungo Park Court held a celebratory event to recognise the vital part the volunteers play in the Bield community.

The event began with a welcome from Development Manager Elizabeth de Beaté. This was followed by a quiz and small ceremony in which local MSP, John Lamont and Bield’s Director of Asset Management Stuart Dow, presented certificates and flowers to the selfless helpers. The evening was then rounded off with dancing, music and a ‘Vote of Thanks’ from one of the oldest tenants – 96 year old Nichol Park.

Elizabeth said: “Volunteer’s Week runs from the 1st to the 7th June, it is a national celebration of the hard work of all volunteers.

We thought this was the perfect opportunity to recognise our volunteers who give so much in time, energy and enthusiasm helping others.

Bield Volunteer CelebrationAt Mungo Park Court our volunteers are very much appreciated and the tenants’ lives are truly enriched by having so many, willing and cheerful people around them.

At the moment we have seven volunteers and some of them have been with us for as long as 12 years, so we are really pleased we were able to show them how much they are appreciated. A great time was had by all.”

Programmes of social activities run by volunteers have proven to be a huge success across all Bield developments, allowing tenants to enjoy the opportunity to interact and socialise with others in their development and community.

Leading housing and care provider, Bield, believe that volunteers are vital in helping to enhance and enrich the lives of tenants as part of its ‘Free to Be’ philosophy and it is for this reason they have been encouraging their developments to host events to celebrate the hard work of these amazing people.

Bield are always looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help out with a range of volunteer work such as Social Activities Assistants/Coordinators, Befrienders and Silver Surfer Tutors for its Silver Surfer Project.

If you are interested in volunteering with Bield or would like more information, please contact the Volunteer Section at or Christine Dykes on 0131 273 4059. All our volunteering opportunities are available on Bield’s website

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’ness to become a major of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas.

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