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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. The group helps out in many ways from litter picks, allotment maintenance, events and at our fortnightly social club and children's activities at Leigh Community Centre.

The Volunteers also assist the Council by updating the Town Noticeboards, 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.

Click here to view our Volunteer Policy

   Picture of three volunteers handing out the flyers

Picture of three volunteers handing out the flyers

Donald Fraser Volunteer of the Year Award

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. Members of the public can nominate their favourite person who volunteers their time for any good cause. 

2023 Winner- Joanne Brown 

We are pleased to announce that this year's award went to Jo Brown, a selfless individual who dedicates much of her spare time to volunteering in the Town.  Jo is an active volunteer within the Girlguiding units running a Brownie unit and being a District Commissioner. 

She has also been musical director of the Southend Scout and Guide gang show for many years and is a member of the Southend Musical Festival committee.  Leigh Town Council felt that Jo is truly an inspirational person for the youth of our town and her selfless volunteering was applauded by numerous parents, friends and colleagues.

picture of Joanne Brown and Chairman Keith Evans

picture of Joanne Brown and Chairman Keith Evans

Previous Winners of The Donald Fraser Volunteer of the Year Award 

Year Winner Reason
2021 Tim Watts Volunteer work undertaken as part of the Leigh Lions, Southend Carers, SBC People Scrutiny Committee, and Southend Pier Museum. As well as many hours volunteering during the pandemic. 
2020 Christine Daniels


Volunteer work undertaken at Cruse Bereavement Care.

2019 Hilary LeMarie


Volunteer work undertaken as part of the Leigh branch of the Royal British Legion, Active Citizenship for the Police, Speedwatch, RSPB and Marie Curie. 

2022 Bob and Jill O'Leary


Royal BRitihs LEgion members, actively participated in Town Council events, raised thousands over the years for the Poppy Appeal along with organising many other RBL events.