REDDITCH community charity Carers Careline is to treat its unpaid volunteers to a special ‘beauty experience’ as a thank you for all their hard work.
The gesture comes as the charity marks Volunteer Week and will see the volunteers treated to three hours of beauty hot tips and advice.
They’ll also be getting tea and cake, as well as goody bags to leave with.
“It’s a chance to show how much we appreciate their contribution,” said volunteer co-ordinator Becky Howes.
“We couldn’t do our job without them; they are a fantastic group of people, giving so much of their time and talents to help others.
“Most of our volunteers have been carers themselves and some still are, so they know just how hard and unforgiving the caring role can be.”
Not that all the Carers Careline volunteers are female: “But for some reason the men seem to have declined our beauty experience invitation,” laughed Becky.
Carers Careline supports people who find themselves caring for someone else.
This could be a family member, a friend or a neighbour.
Frequently people don’t see themselves as carers, feeling that they are simply ‘helping out’ when things get difficult, but as time goes by they find themselves doing more and more to help.
The charity was set up 30 years ago and has been providing a range of support and information to carers in Redditch ever since.
It is based in the Ecumenical Centre near the entrance to the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
The charity receives funding from the Reaching Communities Fund of The Big Lottery, healthThrive (funded by The Health Lottery) and from Redditch Borough Council.