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Celebrating Volunteer Passport Milestone

by | Oct 25, 2017 |

On Friday, October 6th, involve held a lunch event at Easthampstead Baptist Church, Bracknell, to celebrate the Volunteer Passport as it reached 100 passport holders and approached its first year as an active scheme.

Dr. Phillip Lee MP (left), and Phil Cook, General Manager at involve (right)

Volunteers and Partner organisations were present as well as the Mayor of Bracknell Forest Councillor Tina McKenzie-Boyle and her consort Councillor Bruce McKenzie-Boyle, Deputy Mayor of Bracknell Forest Councillor Alvin Finch and Mayor of Sandhurst, Councillor Hazel Hill. Also a guest was Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell Forest, who gave a speech about Community and how volunteers are so vital to it. Representatives from the Redwood Technologies Group, a locally-headquartered communications technology provider which is supporting the scheme and provided passports and lanyards for the volunteers, were also in attendance.

Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, provided by Waitrose. Afterwards, raffle prizes including bath products and candles, also donated by Waitrose, were awarded to several lucky winners.

Rebecca Benwell, Volunteer Passport Coordinator, said: “A big thank you to everyone who attended this event, the volunteers, partners and dignitaries. Thanks to Dr Lee for taking time to come along and speak for us. I’d like also to say thanks to our supporters who are donating time and funds to ensure the project moves forward.”

Dr. Lee speaks addresses some of the partners and volunteers

Dr. Phillip Lee MP commented:

“I am always pleased to support involve and their innovative approach to backing charities and voluntary groups across the area. The Passport Scheme is a brilliant example of this – saving the groups money that would otherwise have been spent on repeated training courses, and the volunteers time that they can use to the benefit of their communities.

“I hope this will go from strength to strength and wish Phil Cook and his team every success.”


Sean Taylor, CEO of the Redwood Technologies Group, added:

“The Volunteer Passport Scheme is unique to Bracknell and provides an excellent opportunity to make the best use of local resources, ensuring that volunteers are highly-skilled across multiple, relevant disciplines. At Redwood we’re proud to have our roots in such a region that continues to embrace new and innovative ways to build and enhance a strong sense of local community, and are delighted to have the opportunity to support this venture.”

The Volunteer Passport Scheme links up volunteers and partner agencies across Bracknell Forest to reduce duplication of training, up-skill volunteers and establish a volunteering standard across the borough. Since its inception a year ago, the scheme has grown and developed and now has 26 partner organisations on board.

If you would like to know more about the Volunteer Passport and how you can join as a partner or as a volunteer, please contact involve on 01344 304404 or email