Worcestershire: Volunteer Unsung Hero Award 2016: Won by our own YSS volunteer John Phillips

congratsMany  congratulations to YSS volunteer John Phillips on winning this award.

Lorraine Preece YSS CEO commented ” Brilliant news  –  chosen from over 150 applications , marvellous! “



John was nominated by Jonathan Cawdron, YSS Senior  Volunteer Co-ordinator,  under the Unsung Hero Volunteer of the Year. This category is aimed at individuals involved in a project, event or activity that has made a significant difference to the community or the project’s participants. (A volunteer who: a. can tell us a story about the difference or life changing impact  they have made to somebody or somewhere in Worcestershire through their volunteering or b. has shown exceptional engagement with a community or participant through their work or c. has shown all-round commitment and excellence during their volunteering. )

Jon’s nomination   said “As well as being a YSS mentor, and Appropriate Adult, John has spent the last 12 months working on YSS Meet and Mentor scheme. He has regularly collected adults on their release from HMP Hewell in Redditch and HMP Featherstone near Wolverhampton and driven them to the home towns within Worcestershire. Referrals for this service are often received at the last minute and John is always on hand to pick a person up.

The impact of this scheme cannot be underestimated as having a friendly face meet them at the gate can often be the start to a client’s rehabilitation and result in immediate positive changes in a client’s behaviour from day one. Without John’s flexibility and understanding towards our client group, many people would have been liberated from prison into a world of loneliness and insecurity about their future. People who do this are significantly more likely to continue to reoffend. “

images congratsDeborah Dale,  Member Engagement Officer & Project Manager for Act Local Legal & Democratic Services, Worcestershire County Council, said “Worcestershire County Council will be holding a celebration event :Celebrating Volunteering Event 5pm – 7pm, 9th June at The Hive Worcester as part of national volunteering week and I am very pleased to be able to announce you have been selected, from over 150 nominees, to win an award. “





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