The Town Council's Volunteer Programme was established in 2015, where a small group of local residents joined together to assist the Council at Town Events. So far the group has helped out at Leigh Lights, Maritime Festival, Carols on Strand Wharf, The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations as well as children's activities at Leigh Community Centre.
The Volunteers also assist the Council by updating the Town Noticeboards, litter picking, typing, flyering and delivering letters. The Council is incredibly grateful for the help of our Volunteers and aim to build the Programme up significantly over the coming years to ensure an ongoing team of supporters who can really build community spirit within the Town.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer for the Council please contact us directly for more information.
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Every year we ask for members of the public to nominate a hard-working volunteer that lives or volunteers in Leigh-on-Sea.
The award is held in memory of the late Donald Fraser who was a councillor for Leigh-on-Sea Town Council from it's inception in 1996 until 2018. Donald was an avid volunteer and helped many groups and charities throughout his long life, so the Council felt this was a wonderful way to keep his memory alive, and honour those who do so much for our town.
The only criteria in place is that the nominee lives or volunteers in Leigh.
Public nominations are accepted in the first quarter of each year, with councillors then selecting the winner from the nominees. The winner is announced at our Annual Community Meeting - held around May. Nominations for the 2022 award will open on the 1st January.
This year's chosen winner is Tim Watts, who received several nominations and is well known throughout Leigh as the president of the Leigh Lions. Tim took early retirement from the Ministry of Justice and threw himself into volunteering. As part of the Lions he helps to run the Lions charity shop, organise the Leigh Regatta, Duck Race and raise money for local charities and community groups.
As well as his work with the Lions, Tim is also a a trustee of Southend Carers, a member of Southend Borough Council's People Scrutiny Committee, and director of Southend Pier Museum. Tim has also worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, whether it be shopping for vulnerable people, providing aid for food banks, co-ordinating volunteers or helping at vaccination centres; he has committed hundreds of hours to other people.
We can't think of a more appropriate and deserving winner for this award. Leigh-on-Sea Town Council are certainly proud to have such a wonderful person in our Town. Many congratulations to Tim Watts, our Volunteer of the Year 2021.
This year's chosen winner is Christine Daniels, who was nominated by Sandra Allen at Cruse Bereavement Care where Christine does amazing work, volunteering on a regular basis as a Bereavement Support Counsellor for people in Leigh-on-Sea.
Sandra said "Christine lives on her own and has ill health, but she never moans and gets on with her volunteering. I love Christine. She is a true asset in our community that needs support and help." The Councillors thought that her dedication to helping those that have lost loved ones was a remarkable thing to do on a voluntary basis, so she was chosen as this year’s recipient.
We have been informed that since the Coronavirus pandemic started, Christine has been able to continue to support bereaved people over the phone. She supervises several other bereavement volunteers, keeping regular contact with them and encouraging them to take on more clients that need support, and has assisted with the application process for nine new bereavement volunteers.
The Council deliberated over several nominations but decided that the first recipient of The Donald Fraser Volunteer of the Year Award is Hilary Le Marie.
Hilary volunteers for a variety of charitable organisations around Leigh-on-Sea. She runs the Leigh Branch of Royal British Legion’s Annual Poppy Appeal, is an active citizen for the Police, does Speedwatch, and also helps with the RSPB and Marie Curie.
Hilary also volunteers for the Town Council and updates the Council noticeboards on a weekly basis. She is always on hand to help out at community events, as well as collecting money for charity and taking part in litter picks around the Town. All these voluntary duties are also worked around Hilary’s active role as a grandmother
She is a shining example of a good citizen, and are very grateful of the hard work she puts in to making Leigh-on-Sea a better place to live.