Latest News BAVO celebrates volunteers’ hard work and achievements at awards ceremony We recently 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 deliver services in the heart of our local communities. They make it easier for people to get the support they need and also improve other people’s wellbeing. They 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 the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Cllr StuartBaldwin and his Consort and High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, Tina Donnelly. Musical entertainment was provided by Garin Lang and Off Duty Bridgend Carers Choir. Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies, said: “It’s always a privilege to support these awards. Volunteers who give their time and effort to support others, truly deserve recognition for the inspirational acts they do on a daily basis. A big thank you to you all as our local heroes, and stalwarts of our local communities.” Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards winners were: Bill Daniel from Mirus Wales – winner of Befriending/Mentoring Volunteer Award sponsored by Valleys to Coast; Louise Roberts from the Community Companions Project – winner of Befriending/Mentoring Volunteer Award; Garin Lang from Y Bont – winner of Volunteer of the Year under 25 Award sponsored by Graham Paul Accountants; Anne Wilkins from RNIB Cymru – winner of Volunteer of the Year over 25 Award; Brian Hodges from Llynfi Valley Credit Union – winner of Trustee of the Year Award; Caerau Friendly Dementia Group – winner of Volunteer Project of the Year Award sponsored by United Graphic Design; Heather Morris from Tŷ Hafan – winner of Charity Shop Volunteer of the Year Award; Shannie Bowen from Active Young People’s Department – winner of Sports Volunteer of the Year Award; Linda Philips from the Memory Café – winner of Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Handelsbanken. ‘Highly Commended’ certificates were awarded to: Christopher Adams (Garw Valley Railway Club), Louise Bowman (Adult Para Dance Group), Daniel Brown (Bridge MPS), Amy Harris (Parc Supporting Families), Cheryl Kirton (Tŷ Hafan), Kristian Langdon (Bridge MPS), Byron Lock (Nantymoel Boys and Girls Club), Lorna Loveluck (SHOUT over 50s Bridgend Forum), Simon Norris (Blind Veterans UK), Deana Owen (Friends of Monze), Richard and Sue Poucher (Every Link Counts), David Riley (Stroke Association), Adult Para Dance Group, Bridgend and Porthcawl Marie Curie Fundraising Group and Caerau Boxing Club and Brian Jones (Alzheimer’s Society). BAVO’s Chief Executive, Heidi Bennett said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community, they give their time and skills selflessly to support others. It is fit and proper to recognise their contribution and the positive impact they have on people’s lives. BAVO is proud and privileged to be able to host this event again this year and my thanks go to our generous sponsors Valleys to Coast, Handelsbanken, Graham Paul Accountants and United Graphic Design who have made this celebration possible.” Volunteering can be exciting, challenging and rewarding. Groups rely on volunteers and you can make a BIG difference to your community! Have a look at local opportunities at Bridgend.volunteering-wales.net or drop by our Volunteer Centre in Queen Street in Bridgend town Centre. For further details call BAVO, T: 01656 810400.