Autism charity Daisy Chain is joining in the celebrations of Volunteers Week 2017 (June 1 – 7) with a series of events to mark the invaluable contribution of those who give their time to help others.

As a way of saying thank you a buffet lunch for volunteers has been organised at the Superstore on Portrack Lane, Stockton. Daisy Chain volunteer, Ben Halsall will be at the event and is hoping to win the Catalyst Young Volunteer of the Year Award on Wednesday.

Daisy Chain will also be taking part in a special celebration event on Stockton High Street organised by Catalyst on Friday. This takes place between 10:00 and 16:00 and everybody is welcome to come along and find out more about how they might be able to help.

“There is always a need for more volunteers, “ said Stuart Dexter, Daisy Chain chief executive. “We rely on our dedicated team of volunteers to enable us to continue to make a real positive impact on the lives of families affected by autism and I want you to know that this is hugely appreciated by the staff team, trustees and me as CEO.

“There are many reasons why people volunteer; to learn new skills and gain confidence, to make a difference to their local communities and other people’s lives, to be part of something special and, hopefully, have fun,” he added.

Thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Daisy Chain is able to offer training and development for the volunteers.