Powys celebrates contribution of Volunteers
The eighth annual Powys Volunteer of the Year Awards took place on the 6th June 2018, at the Strand Hall, Builth Wells. The celebration of volunteering was attended by volunteers and guests from around the county and was organised by Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO). Guests were entertained by Powys Dance and Builth Ladies Choir.
The celebration event took place in national Volunteers Week, and goes some way to demonstrating the value placed on the work undertaken by volunteers. It encourages them to continue to inspire others to take up a cause in a society where volunteers are playing an ever increasing and ever more necessary role.
A drinks and canapes reception was followed by the awards ceremony. The awards recognising individual and group contributions to volunteering were presented by The Hon. Dame Shan Legge-Bourke DCVO C.St J Lord Lieutenant of Powys.
Nature & Nurture
Individual: Jude Boutle
Group: Hay Brecon Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees
Individual: Susan Hodgetts
Group: Rhayader & district Community Car Scheme
Health & Wellbeing:
Individual: Alan Owen
Individual: Mark Powell
The Legge-Bourke Outstanding Volunteering Award 2018: Joan Watson
Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service:
Individual: Stephen Fisher
Group: Abercrave Fire Cadets
Dame Shân Legge-Bourke was presented with a lifetime achievement award to acknowledge her contribution as PAVO's President, and for her tireless voluntary work and support of volunteering throughout Powys.
Carl Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations said:
"The contribution of volunteers in Powys is as impressive as it is inspiring. The awards ceremony enabled us to shine a small spotlight on the tip of the volunteering iceberg in Powys. Without the continuous work undertaken by volunteers, essential services would not be provided, civil society would be diminished and communities would be impoverished. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to volunteers for their generous, selfless and crucial service."
Find information here about the 4,000+ voluntary organisations in Powys including how to access the Info-engine database