It’s National Volunteers’ Week and local charities and community groups have been recognising the hard work of their volunteers by nominating them for our annual awards.
Nominations came in from many groups across the region highlighting the impact of volunteers from as young as 9 years old to those well into their 80s. A judging panel made up of people from the voluntary, public and private sector had the task of shortlisting and deciding winners in five different categories.
This year’s CVA Inspiration Award has been won by Lisa Denson from Westminster Families, a community group run by and for families in the Westminster area of Ellesmere Port. She was nominated by fifteen different people including many of those from the community she supports. She was nominated for “bringing families and communities together” and “organising countless activities and never asking or wanting any thanks. Many families have benefited from the excellent work she does.”
Other winners were:
Older volunteer: Monica Haworth from Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Chester.
Young Volunteer: Harri Britton, Soul Kitchen
Trustee: Sandra Rudd, Chester Women’s Aid
This year’s awards have been supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council with a new ‘Good Neighbour’ category highlighting the support that goes unrecognised in local communities. This was won by David Griffith from Blacon.
The winner in each category will receive a complimentary place at the CVA Charity Ball to be held at The Chester Grosvenor in October.