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Happy National Volunteer Week 2024

This National Volunteer Week, the team at BCR Communities wants to extend a huge Thank You to all the amazing volunteers who give their time, expertise and energy to support the work we do.

We are so grateful for their contribution and their commitment to making a difference in our communities. In return, we hope all our BCR volunteers receive benefits for their efforts. Studies have shown volunteering gives a sense of purpose and belonging, can improve physical health, increase happiness and wellbeing and provide social connection.

This was the definitely case for one of our newest volunteer recruits, Brian Foden, who signed up after a casual chat with a radio announcer at a live outside broadcast.

Brian discovered that Martin Benge, the presenter of his favourite show ‘Strolling Down Memory Lane’ on BBCR 92.7FM, used to work at the famous Abbey Road Studios.

As a guitarist, singer, life-long music lover and fellow Englishman, Brian was very keen to meet Martin.

“I said, ‘I have to meet this guy – this is my hero he has actually worked with the Beatles,” Brian said.

“So I met Martin and came to the BCR Activities Hub and I thought this is great, this is for me.  I can help out in my community and be around fellow music lovers.”

Brian, who is a retired Maintenance Manager, only moved with his partner to the Bay & Basin two years ago and he said volunteering with BCR has given him the opportunity to meet new people and put his handy man skills to good use in the Activities Hub.

“I’ve really enjoyed it so far, everybody has been so friendly. I think volunteering is fantastic, you get the company, and you feel like you have achieved something when you get home, while also helping your community.

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