West Lancashire CVS’s Annual Volunteer Awards Evening 2017

To celebrate Volunteers Week 2017, West Lancs CVS held their annual Volunteer Awards Evening on 27th June.

A selection of volunteers from across the Borough were awarded 100 hour certificates, 200 hour certificates, WLCVS Work Experience Awards and Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering Awards.

The evening was hosted by the Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Neil Furey. The presentations were held in the Mayor’s Chamber, with refreshments served in the Mayor’s Parlour afterwards.

The awards were then followed up by representatives from each organisation saying a few words about the powerful impact of volunteers on the Voluntary Community and Faith Sector. It is, without a doubt, true to say that organisations just would not be able to run without the dedication and hard-work of their volunteers.

Greg Mitten, Chief Officer of West Lancs CVS as well as Janice Howard and Nicci Sutton-Kelsall from West Lancs CVS Volunteer Centre would like to say a big thank you to West Lancs Borough Council for hosting the ceremony and providing the delicious food, thank you to the Mayor of West Lancs B.C. Neil Furey and his Mayoress for presenting the awards to the volunteers and making the evening really special.

Thank you to the organisations who attended the evening, along with their volunteers and for saying wonderful things about the impact of volunteering in our Borough:

Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative
The Sewing Rooms
Disability Advice West Lancashire
Divine Days Creative Arts
Northwest Ecological Trust
WLBC Parks and Countryside Service
Friends of Sandy Lane CIC
Thank you to Cath Thompson and Smita Shetty from the West Lancs Clinical Commissioning Group for attending on the night.

Last but not least, thank you to all of the Volunteers, not only the volunteers who attended on the night, but all of the volunteers across West Lancashire, who work tirelessly, giving up their free time to try and change the lives of others. Well done to all of you and a huge well done to the volunteers who were presented with awards.

List of volunteers who were awarded:-

100 Hours
Paul Lloyd – Disability Advice West Lancs
Tamas Utlab – Disability Advice West Lancs
Kamran Sohail – Disability Advice West Lancs
Katherine Smith – Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative
Angela Ditchfield – West Lancs CVS

200 Hours
Christopher Watson – West Lancs CVS
Katherine Smith – Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative
Paul Lloyd – Disability Advice West Lancs
Kamran Sohail – Disability Advice West Lancs
Keith Richard – WLBC Parks and Countryside Service
Harley Wright – WLBC Parks and Countryside Service

Work Experience Award – West Lancs CVS
Grace Finley
Jonathan Sneed

Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering
Margi Hayes – Divine Days Creative Arts
Irene Tyrer – Divine Days Creative Arts

Laura Scott – The Sewing Rooms
Pauline Fagan – The Sewing Rooms
Christine Ashton – The Sewing Rooms

Katherine Marsh – Friends of Sandy Lane CIC
Kelly Neve – Friends of Sandy Lane CIC
Linda Shute – Friends of Sandy Lane CIC
Helen Birnbaum – Friends of Sandy Lane CIC
Lawrence Smye-Rumsby – Friends of Sandy Lane CIC

Craig Sutcliffe – Northwest Ecological Trust
James Ashton – Northwest Ecological Trust
Mark Dixon – Northwest Ecological Trust
Eddie Winch – Northwest Ecological Trust

To find out more about how to join the West Lancashire Volunteer Centre Certificate Scheme, please contact WLCVS on 01695 733737 or email vc@wlcvs.org

 West Lancs CVS Volunteers accompanied Greg Mitten, Chief Officer of WLCVS