Volunteers at a Cheltenham-based charity have given more than 5,000 hours of their time over the last three months to help disadvantaged people.
The team at County Community Projects (CCP) racked up the hours through its various services the charity provides.
And their voluntary work has helped the charity save nearly £254,000 per year. If CCP had to pay salaries equivalent to the hours people donated free of charge, their salary bill would increase by that amount.
Cordell Ray, chief executive of CCP, said the helpers “add value” to the work the charity is contracted to do.
“We have a huge team of volunteers, and we are very thankful for that,” he added.
“They do an immense amount of work, and most of them do it with real passion. I can say they do a fantastic job for us in terms of delivering the wide variety of services we have here.
“They also bring a freshness and vibrancy to the rest of the charity, and because most of them come from different backgrounds there is a real diversity to it.”
In the months leading up to Christmas, volunteers at CCP helped launch its Hamper Scamper, a food bank initiative aimed helping to give out food to those less privileged in the county over the festive period.
The volunteers spent hours sorting the donations, packing and wrapping them into hampers, and delivering them to the families.
Around £45,000 worth of food donations was given during the Hamper Scamper appeal, together with boxes of toys donated by shoppers.
They are also involved in a wide range of other activities, from reception and administration duties, to helping out with leisure and sport activities for families.
The charity runs two homelessness shelters in Cheltenham, Bramah House and the Arkells, with volunteers working alongside staff members to provide food, counselling and other needs for the youngsters.
Daniel Chun, volunteer coordinator at CCP said: “Volunteering with us can be great fun, and it provides people with a great way to make constructive use of their spare time.
“Most people develop new talents, have something interesting to talk about, and challenge themselves to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Over the last 20 years, the charity’s Appropriate Adult Scheme has recruited and trained volunteers who act as adults to juveniles who are held in police custody.
Children whose parents cannot or will not attend the cells will be given an adult volunteer by CCP. This is normally the first line of support for vulnerable people who might be in police custody for the first time.
Mr Ray said: “Our volunteers do very important work.
“You just need a little bit of time, be reliable and to be passionate about wanting to make a difference. That is what makes a great volunteer.”