Congratulations to our inspirational winners – and indeed all nominees – from our Volunteer Awards Celebration in Surrey Heath which we held at Pine Ridge Golf Club on Thursday 24th November. There were so many heartwarming stories about how people care for one another in our communities reflected in the large number of nominations we received.
A big thank you needs to go to the Mayor of Surrey Heath Councillor Helen Whitcroft and the other panel members Councillor Sarah Jane Croke, portfolio holder for housing, safeguarding and support, and VSNS Chair Helen Frary who helped choose our winners.
VSNS CEO Solette Sheppardson hosted the awards. She said, “It is no surprise that the task facing both statutory and voluntary organisations is huge with demand outstripping the resources available. Alongside this is a cost-of-living crisis which could result in thousands of people being pulled into poverty.
“Volunteering is the most pressing challenge for a large proportion of organisations locally. So we want to thank every single volunteer for their contribution – that contribution is noted and applauded. Every day volunteers make things happen. Thank you to all of you.”
Here are our winners:
- Inspirational Volunteer Award – for volunteers that have made a huge difference to your cause
- Winners: Christine Foster, Surrey Heath Home-Start and Alan Barwick, Time to Talk
- Young Volunteer Award – up to the age of 24
- Holly Jamieson, Surrey Heath Age Concern
- New Volunteer Award – for people who are new to volunteering
- Vince Ayers, Camberley Care
- Long Service Award – for our long standing volunteers
- Firdosia Pal-Emery, Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum
- Pandemic Hero Volunteer Award – for volunteers that stepped up during the pandemic
- Jane Wescott, Surrey Heath Vaccination Centre
- Volunteer Team Award – for a whole volunteer team’s contribution to Surrey Heath residents
- Camberley Alzheimer’s Cafe
- Engagement in the Community – for businesses that carried out volunteering in Surrey Heath
- SC Johnson