Worcestershire celebrates award winning volunteers
YSS volunteer John Phillips  wins Unsung Hero  award

John and his awardThe winners of the Worcestershire Volunteer Awards have been announced at The Hive. Worcestershire County Council held a prestigious ceremony (June 9) to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week (June 1-12). The special event was to help promote and celebrate the valuable work of volunteers throughout the county.

Volunteers, members of the public, council representatives and local businesses were in attendance to help celebrate the tireless and dedicated work of volunteers in their local communities, and the difference they make to lives in Worcestershire.

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The winners of this year’s awards included- Unsung Hero – John Phillips (YSS).

Following his award, John gave a short speech and was very passionate about the role he did and clients that he worked with on the Meet and Mentor project.

yss standThere was an information market place where voluntary organisations from across Worcestershire had the opportunity to network and promote volunteering roles with presentations from a number of guest speakers including Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council.

Lorraine Preece, YSS CEO,  said  “It was brilliant  news and great recognition for one of our YSS volunteers. John was chosen from over 150 volunteers to receive this award”.

Jon Cawdron, YSS Senior Volunteer Coordinator ’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.”

Tony Miller, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council said: “It gives me great pleasure to be able to recognise the hard work undertaken by volunteers across the county. Volunteers give their time generously without any expectation of reward but we hope this celebration event will go some way in recognising their vital contribution.”

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Localism and Communities said: “Volunteers dedicate their time and effort to their local communities, and the volume of nominations for these awards demonstrates just how much respect and recognition the people of Worcestershire have for their accomplishments. The Volunteer Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.”

To find out more  about volunteering at YSS- follow this link to our volunteering  pages.

To find out more from a YSS volunteers perspective: Celebrating Volunteering: Volunteers’ Perspective

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