South region - Kent news
A Kentish Cream Tea, MIND youth mental health training, and an award for a special Dover volunteer.
Putting the Tea in Team!
On 2nd June, Kent volunteers came to an afternoon cream tea at the Chatham Centre in the Historic Dockyard, complete with baked goods and sandwiches prepared by staff, and served on vintage Dockyard tableware.
The cream tea was a thank you to our dedicated and passionate volunteers as part of National Volunteers’ Week.
The highlight of the afternoon was hearing an emotive talk from young person, Shelly Aiyedogbon, whose business PrimaBella Cakes was born through the support of our Enterprise programme. Volunteers and staff also tucked into some of Shelley’s own delightful cakes baked especially for the occasion!
One volunteer commented: "Thank you so much for a delicious tea. It was really lovely to meet all the other mentors and hear all about their work."
MIND leads youth mental health training for volunteers
Talent Match Southeast hosted the Mental Health First Aid Youth Lite Training on the 26 June. We received feedback from staff that the session was a "really interesting and positive" delivered by in a "very approachable way" by the "excellent" James Walker, of the mental health charity, MIND.
The great feedback continued from the eight volunteers who attended, with several commenting on "how insightful and useful the training was", and that it "was good to see how supportive the Talent Match project is in regards to mental health".
Overall, the "pace and level of information was spot on" and everyone found it very useful.
James Walker, of the mental health charity, MIND, leading the session (above).
Volunteer Becky Buckman awarded by Mayor of Dover
Becky Buckman was awarded a certificate for her volunteer contributions as a Talent Match Mentor by the Mayor of Dover in a ceremony in April. Becky has worked very hard promoting The Prince’s Trust and Talent Match programme locally in Dover and has supported some challenging young people.
Becky is stood at the back in the middle – the one with a big smile!