Worcestershire celebrates award-winning volunteers

Published Monday, 13th June 2016

The winners of the Worcestershire Volunteer Awards have been announced at The Hive.

Worcestershire County Council held the prestigious ceremony last Thursday (June 9) to coincide with National Volunteers' Week (June 1-12). The special event was to help promote and celebrate the valuable work of volunteers throughout the county.

Volunteers, members of the public, council representatives and local businesses were in attendance to help celebrate the tireless and dedicated work of volunteers in their local communities, and the difference they make to lives in Worcestershire.

The winners of this year's awards were:

- Fundraising Volunteer of the Year – Jenny Ashman (Midlands Air Ambulance)

- Health and Wellbeing Volunteer of the Year – Laura Gill (The Monday Night Club)

- Environmental & Education Volunteer of the Year – Debbie Manns (Kemerton Early Years Pre School and Forest School)

- Volunteer Team of the Year – Sight Concern Worcestershire

- Young Volunteer of the Year – Matthew (The Hive)

- Longstanding Commitment – John Purser (Deaf Direct)

- Newbie of the Year – Paul Diment (Sight Concern Worcestershire)

- Unsung Hero – John Phillips (YSS Ltd)

The event was sponsored by BAM, BT, CH2M, Galliford Try, Liberata, Ringway, Severn Waste Services, University of Worcester, Worcester Warriors, Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Worcestershire LEP.

There was an information market place where voluntary organisations from across Worcestershire had the opportunity to network and promote volunteering roles with presentations from a number of guest speakers including Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council.

Tony Miller, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council said: "It gives me great pleasure to be able to recognise the hard work undertaken by volunteers across the county. Volunteers give their time generously without any expectation of reward but we hope this celebration event will go some way in recognising their vital contribution."

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Localism and Communities said: "Volunteers dedicate their time and effort to their local communities, and the volume of nominations for these awards demonstrates just how much respect and recognition the people of Worcestershire have for their accomplishments. The Volunteer Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise ordinary people achieving extraordinary things."

For more information on volunteering in Worcestershire, email actlocal@worcestershire.gov.uk