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BAVO celebrates volunteers’ hard work and achievements at awards ceremony

Date published: 16/11/2018


Volunteer awards winners and certificate holders

BAVO recognised and celebrated the great volunteering that is happening across the local area at our annual Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards at the Heronston Hotel in Bridgend.

Volunteers take on a wide range of tasks, giving their time to make their community a better place, yet often receiving little, if any recognition for their commitment and support. They make a real difference to charities and ultimately to people’s lives and BAVO were delighted to be able to recognise their hard work and achievements.

Compèred by Lee Jukes from Bridge FM Afternoon Drivetime, special guests included Assembly Member for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, Mayor of Bridgend County Borough Cllr John McCarthy and his Consort Judy McCarthy, High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Jonathan Wall, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council Cllr Huw David, Cllr Dhanisha Patel and Anna Arrieta who provided musical entertainment.

This year, BAVO also took the opportunity to honour and recognise outstanding volunteer Enyd Carroll, who at Enyd Carroll presented with award from Huw Irranca-Davies AMthe age of 101, has decided to retire from her volunteer commitments with Llynfi Valley Credit Union.

Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies, said: ““It is always a real pleasure to support these awards and to take part in the celebration of volunteers with so many inspiring personal stories.

“Volunteers give their time and effort to help individuals in their communities and organisations and my congratulations to all the well-deserved award winners and to BAVO for organising yet again a wonderful event.”

Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards winners were:

Befriending and Mentoring Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by Valleys to Coast) – Derek Paget (Mental Health Matters Wales)

Volunteer of the Year Award under 25 (sponsored by Graham Paul Accountants) – Ffion Higginson (Active Young People’s Department)

Volunteer of the Year Award over 25 – Jodie Taylor (Parc Supporting Families)

Trustee of the Year Award – Menna Davies (Bridgend Carers Centre)

Charity Shop Volunteer of the Year Award – Chris Spanswick (Emmaus South Wales) – accepted by Ryan Jones on Chris Spanswick’s behalf

Sports Volunteer of the Year Award – Holly Harris (Impetus Dance)

Volunteer Project of the Year Award (sponsored by United Graphic Design) – Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People)

Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Award (sponsored by Handelsbanken) – James Houston (Citizens Advice Bridgend)

Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Award – Enyd Carroll (Llynfi Valley Credit Union)

Paul Ryall-Friend, Executive Director of Operations for award sponsor Valleys to Coast said: “Valleys to Coast were thrilled to support the BAVO Volunteer Awards and to recognise the great work undertaken by them. It’s great to see volunteer organisations in our communities and the great work they have achieved.”

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Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards 2018 ‘Highly Commended’ certificates were awarded to:

Brenda Howells and Cameron Thomas from Tŷ Hafan – Bridgend

Clive Williams from 2318 (Aberkenfig) Squadron, Royal Air Force Cadets

Deborah DaviesJayson JonesManuela Hiett and Tom Weaver from The Bridge MPS

Jackie Masani from Cat’s Protection Bridgend Adoption Centre

Janet Craddock and Mike Johnson from The Food Shed

Les Jones from The Courthouse, Maesteg

Pauline Marshall and Susan Owen from Cruse Bereavement Care

Pam Williams from Community Companions Project

Paige Connett-White from Stand Against Bullying

Rhys Upton  from Menter Bro Ogwr

Sheona Thomas from ABM Youth

Special Families Maesteg

WalesVolunteer of the Year winnerCllr Huw David, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, presented ‘Highly Commended’ certificates and winner’s trophy for Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018. These celebrate the inspirational volunteering carried out by individuals and groups who give up their time to improve the lives of people living in Wales.

Bridgend County Borough was successful in receiving two ‘Highly Commended’ certificates for Y Bont Crafters' Club and Ryan Jones from Emmaus South Wales. Bridgend also had an overall winner in the category, Young Volunteer under 25 – Alex Williams from Tenovus Cancer Care.

BAVO’s Chief Executive, Heidi Bennett said: “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 through this event. 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.”

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 read more here >>>

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