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Chair of Bexley charity picks up volunteer award

PUBLISHED: 15:24 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:24 27 April 2016

Patricia Giles with her award

Patricia Giles with her award

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Patricia Giles has been volunteering since she was seven years old

A BARNEHURST woman is celebrating after she picked up an award honouring her decades of volunteering work in the borough.

Patricia Giles first started volunteering when she was just seven years old with the Red Cross.

But now, thirty years on from joining the BCU Lifeskill Centre in Bexley, the council has awarded the 56-year-old for her selfless work.

Miss Giles said she has seen some big changes in the voluntary sector since she first started working for the Bexley Voluntary Service.

She said: “The need has never been greater for people to receive support.

“When I worked for Bexley voluntary service the BCU was one of seven or so large organisations, but now there are thousands.”

Working throughout the change, Miss Giles is now the chair of BCU, which helps support people out of work in the borough.

She explained: “Its important to help support these people as it is getting harder to get back into work and and they can be stigmatised in the press.”

With decades of voluntary service, Miss Giles explained what her current plans are.

“I’ve always wanted to help young people and children, at the moment I’m training to be a life coach and mentor.”

And as she continues to work with vulnerable people across Bexley, the 56-year-old said she was looking to perhaps one day go abroad to take her impressive voluntary work ethic overseas.

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