BAVO recognises and thanks volunteers at annual award ceremony

Date published: 07/11/2016

BAVO recently held our annual Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards 2016 at the Heronston Hotel in Bridgend.

Group of volunteer award winners

Volunteers take on a wide range of tasks, giving up their time to make their community a better place, yet often receiving little, if any recognition for their commitment and energy. The awards are designed to recognise and honour outstanding people and organisations that have made a significant contribution to our community in the last year.

Compèred by Lee Jukes from Bridge FM, special guests included Chris Elmore MP, Huw Irranca-Davies Lee JukesAM, Mayor and Mayoress of Bridgend County Borough Cllr Reg Jenkins and Teresa Jenkins, Mayor and Mayoress of Bridgend Town Cllr Rob Morgan and Nicole Rees, Cllr Huw David, Cllr Charles Smith, Cllr Ceri Reeves and Tenovus Cancer Care Choir.

BAVO's Chief Executive, Heidi Bennett said:  “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community, they give their time and skills selflessly to support others.  It is fit and proper to recognise their contribution and the positive impact they have on people's lives. BAVO is proud and privileged to be able to host this event again this year and my thanks go to our generous sponsors and donors who have made this celebration possible.

Sarah Boswell Jones presented with award by Amy JonesMegan Curling presented award by Ann LloydLara French presented award by Cllr Charles SmithJohn Noble presented with award by Mayor of Bridgend County BoroughElliot Davies presnted award by Cllr Huw DavidCarl Tidball presented award by Bridgend Town Mayor

Community Furniture Aid presented with award by Lesley PoultonJIll Grange presented award by Mark Standley

Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards winners were:

Befriending and Mentoring Award (sponsored by Valleys to Coast) - Sarah Boswell-Jones from Scope – Community Companions)

Volunteer of the Year Award under 25 (sponsored by Graham Paul Accountants) – Megan Curling from AYPD

Volunteer of the Year Award over 25 – Lara French from Y Bont

Trustee of the Year Award – John Noble from Emmaus South Wales

Charity Shop Volunteer of the Year Award – Elliot Davies from Ty Hafan

Sports Volunteer of the Year Award – Carl Tidball from the Ultimate Dance Crew Caerau

Volunteer Project of the Year Award (sponsored by United Graphic Design) – Community Furniture Aid

Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Award (sponsored by Handelsbanken) – Jill Grange from the Bridgend National Autistic Society.

Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards 2016 ‘Highly Commended’ certificates were presented by Huw Irranca-Davies AM who said: “It’s always a privilege to support these awards, which show the inspirational and selfless acts of volunteers’ giving their time and efforts to help others in their communities and families.

"Volunteers are often the unsung and unnoticed heroes of our communities, so it is a fantastic to recognise their amazing achievements in these BAVO awards.”

Certificates were presented to:

Joe Allen from AYPDVInce Kelly presented certificate
Alyssa Davies from Menter Bro Ogwr
Amanda Jaine Evans from Air Training Corps
Ann Harrison-Power from the Alzheimer’s Society
Teresa Jones from Mental Health Matters Wales
Vince Kelly from Llynfi Valley Credit Union
Sue Maclaren from the Alzheimer’s Society
Angharad Stokes from AYPD
Pamela Williams from the Community Companions Project
Llynfi Valley Credit Union – School Volunteer Team
MV50 Sports Youth Volunteering Project – Llangynwyd Rangers Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs of Wales Football Club.

‘Highly Commended’ certificate holders Kenneth Bufton and Alex Williams from Tenovus Cancer Care were unable to make the awards ceremony.

Joe Allen presented certificate by Huw Irranca-Davies AMLlangynwyd Rangers presented certificate by Huw Irranca-Davies AMPamela Williams presented certificate by Huw Irranca-Davies AM

Chris Elmore MP also presented ‘Highly Commended’ certificates for Wales Council for Voluntary Action's Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2016. He commented: “It was an absolute pleasure to present the ‘Highly Commended’ certificates to Jolie Davies from Boys and Girls Club of Wales, Hannah Hiddlestone the Bridge Mentoring Plus Scheme and Margaret Lewis from Parc Supporting Families.

JOlie Davies presented certificate by Chris Elmore MPHannah Hiddlestone presented certificate by Chris Elmore MPMargaret Lewsi presented certificate by Chris Elmore MP

"It was a great opportunity to celebrate people and organisations who are often unsung heroes. Whether they won an award or not, they should all be exceptionally proud of themselves.”

Tenovus Cancer Care ChoirAudience at BAVO's Bridgend Volunteer Awards 2016Certificates and trophies on tableAudience at BAVO's Bridgend Volunteer Awards 2016

Volunteering is rewarding and can make a huge difference to you and your community. BAVO’s new Volunteer Centre at 2 Queen Street in Bridgend town centre offers a one-stop resource on all aspects of volunteering with over 300 registered voluntary organisations offering a wide range of opportunities to match people’s skills and interests. For further details call BAVO, T: 01656 660372.

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