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L-R: Jessica Berry with Barnardo’s Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Cobb

An Isle of Wight volunteer has been praised by a national children’s charity for the support she has given to children and families on the Island.

Jessica Berry, 27, from Ryde, volunteers at the Barnardo’s Family Centre’s locally. She recently volunteered 42 hours of her time in a single month, which was more than any other volunteer.

Barnardo’s is highlighting the importance of local support following National Volunteers’ Week earlier this month.

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Deborah Cobb, Barnardo’s Volunteer Coordinator on the Isle of Wight said:

“Jess is a valued and respected member of the team and is always cheerful, hard-working and extremely reliable. She relates well to the children and families and is particularly supportive to people who are finding it difficult to interact with others.  She uses her own personal experience to give empathy to others who may be going through similar experiences.”

Across the South East and Anglia, 460 people offered a combined total of more than 23,842 voluntary hours last year.

However, despite this immense generosity displayed by Jessica and others, the charity still needs more support to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

Volunteer Jessica Berry said:

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“I would recommend volunteering to anyone who is thinking about doing it. It is great for boosting your confidence and really rewarding. With volunteering everyone has chosen to be there and it is just a nice environment to work in. I also think it is a good stepping stone for future employment and you gain lots of new skills like I have.”

For further information about volunteering at Barnardo’s services on the Isle of Wight, contact Deborah Cobb on [email protected] or call 01983 616607.

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