This week is Volunteers' Week, and we've been catching up with one of our longest-standing volunteers.

Frank first volunteered at Brunswick when it first started, back in 1991. He's seen many changes over the years, but one thing remains the same - the sense of community.

"The community extends beyond the project,' Frank says. "You make friends that continue outside. Friendships that last."

Frank has done all sorts of volunteer work at Brunswick, including weaving, planting, making compost, and even emptying the chemical toilet! Having left York for a decade, as soon as he came back he returned as a volunteer at Brunswick. He remembers the opening of the new buildings back at the turn of the milennium, happy times at Christmas parties and many friendships over the years.

Now retired, Frank enjoys volunteering for other organisations as well as Brunswick. But he doesn't feel it's 'just' volunteering. Working at Brunswick in any capacity, paid or otherwise, means being part of a community. It's a pleasant place to be.

'It's nice to give,' Frank says, 'and you get so much back.'

We'd like to thank Frank and all our other volunteers for their hard work and commitment to Brunswick, and for helping to make our community so special.

If Frank's story has inspired you to volunteer, take a look at our volunteering page and feel free to call or email us for further information.