BAVO celebrates volunteers’ achievements at awards ceremony
Date published: 07/11/2017
BAVO recently held our annual Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards 2017 at the Heronston Hotel in Bridgend.
Volunteers take on a wide range of tasks, giving up their time to make their community a better place, yet often receiving little, if any recognition for their commitment and energy. The awards were organised to recognise and celebrate the commitment and great volunteering that is happening all across the local area, from people who give their time freely to provide a wide range of services to many communities in Bridgend County Borough.
Compèred by Lee Jukes from Bridge FM Afternoon Drivetime, special guests included Carwyn Jones - Assembly Member for Bridgend, Mayor of Bridgend County Borough Cllr Pam Davies and Consort Tudor Davies, Mayor of Bridgend Town Cllr Stuart Baldwin, David Davies – High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, Cllr Huw David, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council and Tenovus Cancer Care Choir.
BAVO's Chief Executive, Heidi Bennett said: “With more nominations coming through, the task of the judging for the panel was particularly difficult this year. Volunteers make a real difference to charities and ultimately to people’s lives and we were delighted to be able to recognise their hard work and achievements. BAVO is proud and privileged to be able to host this event again this year and my thanks go to our generous sponsors and donors who have made this celebration possible.”
Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards winners were:
Befriending and Mentoring Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by Valleys to Coast) – John Jefferies (Community Companions)
Volunteer of the Year Award under 25 (sponsored by Graham Paul Accountants) – Billy Murton (KPC Youth & Community)
Volunteer of the Year Award over 25 – Jean Cleaton (Alzheimer’s Society)
Trustee of the Year Award – Sheila Stephen (Y Bont)
Charity Shop Volunteer of the Year Award – Marilyn Berry (Wales Air Ambulance Shop) accepted by Sandra John, Air Ambulance Shop Manager
Sports Volunteer of the Year Award – James Thomas (Y Hen Blwyf)
Volunteer Project of the Year Award (sponsored by United Graphic Design) – Carefree Community Café (Bridgend Carers Centre)
Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Award (sponsored by Handelsbanken) – Christine Ellis (Stroke Association).
Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards 2017 ‘Highly Commended’ certificates were also presented to:
Ceri Chatham (Follow Your Dreams – Technology Club)
Emily Cooper (Bridgend Bolts Netball Team)
Claire Davies (Mental Health Matters Wales)
Louise Edwards (Alzheimer’s Society)
Angela Evans (Mulligan Community)
Joel Maddalena (The Zone Family Centre)
Matthew Hill (Tŷ Hafan, Bridgend)
Heather Morris ((Tŷ Hafan, Bridgend)
Finola Pickwell (Stand Against Bullying)
Jordan Richards (Active Young People’s Department)
Mike Richards (Mental Health Matters Wales)
Kristian Thompson (The Zone Family Centre)
Richard Young (Mental Health Matters Wales)
Follow Your Dreams – Technology Club
Stand Against Bullying
David Pugsley from Tŷ Hafan, Bridgend was unable to make the ceremony, and his certificate was collected by Jamie McCathy from Tŷ Hafan, on his behalf.
Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council Cllr Huw David also presented a 'Highly Commended' certificate for Wales Council for Voluntary Action's Wales Volunteer of the Year 2017 Awards to KPC Youth & Community's young volunteers. These awards are set up to acknowledge the wide range of volunteer activity and to recognise the contribution that volunteers make to their communities throughout Wales.
Compère Lee Jukes said: “It was an honour to host the BAVO Volunteer Awards for the third year! We have so many inspirational volunteers in our county borough and it’s great to be able to award some of these inspirational people for their hard work. Volunteers are the life blood of so many vital organisations and without their dedication; some of the organisations wouldn’t be able to do their important work locally. Congratulations to the winners!”
Volunteering is rewarding and can make a huge difference to you and your community. BAVO’s Volunteer Centre at 2 Queen Street in Bridgend town centre offers a one-stop resource on all aspects of volunteering with over 300 registered voluntary organisations offering a wide range of opportunities to match people’s skills and interests. For further details call BAVO, T: 01656 660372 or visit our volunteering section of our website.
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