A tea party was held by the chairman of the council to thank volunteers in Braintree for their efforts over the year.
Thirty volunteers, who have made a significant contribution to their organisation or the community, were invited to the celebration Harvest tea party hosted by Braintree district council chairman Lynette Bowers-Flint on October 10.
They also had the opportunity to meet Paralympian Daniel Bentley, whose team won Bronze at the 2012 London Paralympic Games in the sport of Boccia.
Alex Herod, 15, volunteers at the Coggeshall Prentice Youth Work Trust. He said: “I have been working at the trust for two and a half years now and I really enjoy it. It’s nice to see kids coming through and feeling part of the community.”