Twelve volunteers from the committed Blackpool Council Volunteers Team were able to boldly go to Star Trek: The Exhibition, during National Volunteers Week, thanks to the visitor attraction wishing to reward them for their selfless work.
The Blackpool-based Star Trek-themed exhibition, which features over 100 original props, costumes, photos and set pieces used in the Star Trek TV series and movies sets, gave the volunteers free entry and a guided tour interpreted by one of their avid Trekkies!
The group had fun being ‘beamed up’ thanks to a special App linked to the attraction’s ‘Transporter’ and could not resist taking to the controls of the USS Enterprise, from the Captain’s Chair in the recreated ‘Bridge’ area.
They also relived their memories of Star Trek TV series and movies and were amazed to see so many different exhibits from the Star Trek franchise, collected by ‘Mr Star Trek’ – Martin Netter – who lives in Germany.
The Blackpool Council Volunteers Team thoroughly deserved this treat. The team supports carers and residents in Blackpool by visiting them once a week, to give carers a break whilst they keep a watchful eye over their family member or friend. This gives the carer a much-needed breather and the peace of mind of knowing all will be well with their loved one during their absence.
In other instances, the volunteers take people with disabilities out of the house, to participate in an activity of their choice, whilst the carer enjoys a little respite.
Star Trek: The Exhibition, located on Blackpool’s Central Promenade, was delighted to provide the 12 Blackpool Council volunteers with free entry, after being contacted by the Council’s Volunteer Services Officer, Lesley McShane.
Manager Rui Antao says: “At a global level, Star Trek as a TV and movie franchise has created incredibly strong communities, based around a shared interest. As a result, we are committed to also supporting grass-roots community initiatives and bringing people together, to enjoy everything we are able to offer.
“It was a privilege to be able to reward volunteers who do such amazing, unpaid work throughout the year, giving up their time to help others. We made it our mission to give the group a great time during their tour and we hope they enjoyed their visit.”
Karen Smith, Blackpool Council’s Director of Adult Services, said: “Volunteering is one of the most rewarding roles that people can take on. Giving up just a short part of your week is a small undertaking but it can have a huge impact for both the person being volunteered for and the volunteer themselves.
“It will get you out of the house, meeting new people and doing something worthwhile – all of which can help you stay happier in your own life. Our volunteering team are friendly and helpful, and will give you all the training you need to get volunteering.
“If you’re thinking of volunteering this winter, give our specialist and friendly team a call on 476884, or email email@example.com.”
More information about Star Trek: The Exhibition can be found at www.startrekblackpool.co.uk