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.
Click here to view our Volunteer Policy
After the passing of previous Leigh-on-Sea Town Councillor Donald Fraser in 2018, the Council wanted to launch an initiative in his memory to honour those that work hard for others in Leigh-on-Sea.
Once a year we ask members of the public to nominate people who they feel are deserving to be nominated as Volunteer of the Year. The only criteria in place is that the winner lives or volunteers in Leigh.
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.