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Powys Volunteer of the Year

Awards 2018

What are the Awards?

The celebration event goes some way to demonstrating the value we place on the work undertaken by volunteers and encourages them to continue to inspire other to take up a cause in a society where volunteers are playing an ever increasing and ever more necessary role.

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

Community Action:

Individual: Susan Hodgetts

Group: Rhayader & district Community Car Scheme

Health & Wellbeing:

Individual: Alan Owen

Group: CAMAD


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."



Jude is a founding member of Llandrindod SOUP, a community micro-funding project that supports individuals and groups to carry out a project that will benefit the community. She helped to prepare the events, draw up application forms, distribute fliers, set up a Facebook page and developed an online application form. She takes an active role in looking after the accounts and will often compere the evenings. Jude compiled a book about the project after its first successful year.

Jude is also a trained run leader with Just Move Llandrindod, a social running group that aims to promote fun, friendship and fitness. She encourages women of all abilities and helps them to achieve their goals. She also manages the website and makes fun videos of the group's journey. Jude has also supported the Bracken Trust for the past 2 years to provide a 5K run, the Run for Bracken event is accessible to everyone. Jude is also on the Round the Lakes Committee and has encouraged a large number of running clubs to sign up online and uses social media to drive interest. She will also volunteer on the day of the run by signing in runners, marshalling and operating water stations.

Jude volunteers as part of the Powys National Gardens Scheme co-ordinating social media across the whole of Powys. This is a big task as there are a large number of gardens that participate in the scheme in Powys. She is often asked for help from across Wales and the UK.

Jude along with 4 others created Llandrindod Welldone - an opportunity to say 'thank you' to the people, groups and businesses of the town. She also volunteers for Llandrindod Carnival, Flicks in the Llandod Sticks and Play Radnor. Jude is usually volunteering every day.

Jude was nominated by 6 people, one of whom said:

"It is not just what Jude does that makes her such an inspirational figure to others, but the way in which she goes about it. Even after her many years of giving, she has retained the energy, enthusiasm and passion as it were day one."



Alan has volunteered at Newtown Rugby Club for over 25 years. The club was formed in 1925 and is one of the leading sides in Mid Wales. The first team currently play in the WRU National Leagues Division 2 North.

He volunteers five or six times a week including most Sundays. Alan's volunteering role includes managing the Club's Junior section which involves; arranging matches, training, feeding and the transporting of over 150 players aged from under 8 to under 16. He also helps with the youth team and helps to manage the clubhouse facilities. Alan also represents the club on various external committees.

The youngsters who benefit from Alan's efforts receive the opportunity to play rugby, receive excellent coaching and be part of a team environment. The youngsters are also taught discipline, and responsibility so that they become valuable members of the community. Some of the coaches he has introduced to the game are now in senior coaching positions with the club and other organisations. He also undertakes grant applications, club audits and much more. Alan is known as 'Mr Newtown Rugby Club'.

Alan's nominator said:

"His commitment to the club and especially the young people is absolutely vital in the development of young players, male and female. He certainly inspires others to achieve. He is without question the foundation on which the club's past and future success is built."


Community Action Machynlleth and District (CAMAD) 

Community Action Machynlleth and District (CAMAD) is a volunteering organisation that enhances the lives of older and vulnerable people in the Dyfi Valley.  It offers its services to people who are elderly, housebound, disables, isolated, or have problems with mental health or social anxiety.  It acts as a hub for volunteering in the area.  Activities on offer include a Lunch Club that offers transport to and from homes, a Foot Club where trained volunteers cut toe nails, Meals on Wheels, Pathway which is a mental health drop in session, Community Car service for transporting clients to appointments and volunteer help in the home for light gardening, shopping and so on.  All of these activities provide valuable social contact for people who may not necessarily be able to get out and about for whatever reason.  The services they provide are highly valued by the community.

Some of the volunteers have been with the organisation for 20 years.  There are currently 21 volunteers.  Volunteers are recruited primarily through word of mouth and advertising.  Volunteers undergo various training courses and procedures.  A broad cross section of the community volunteers.

Through the services they provide they can often become aware of other needs that can be passed on to the relevant support agencies, providing an important link to other support when necessary.

CAMAD’s nominator Angela Edwards said:

The volunteers enjoy their work and get a lot out of giving back to their local community.  The recipients feel supported and it promotes a feeling of care and dedication in the local community.  If every volunteer outs in a few hours a week it mounts up and is really appreciated by the less able members of the local community”. 



Sue volunteers as a trustee and business adviser for Hay Theatre Community Interest Company for the past 5 years. The group offers regular professionally led theatre studies, drama/performance skills workshops at local venues and a filmmakers group, all of which are appropriate for everyone at every level. They also offer a very popular junior and senior youth theatre for young people between the ages of 7 to 16. Sue helps with funding applications, making costumes, props and sets, and designs posters.

As well as supporting the theatre group, she also volunteers: 

  • as a trustee for Dementia Matters in Powys
  • as the President of the Women's Institute
  • as Chair of Hay Day Café, and has volunteered with them for 4 and a half years
  • as the chair of Hay History Group and have done this for 3 years
  • to do the website for the Community Gardens in Hay-on-Wye
  • at Hay Luncheon club held at the Masonic Hall

It is hard to put a figure to the hours of volunteering that Sue does, but her nominator said for Hay Theatre CIC she volunteers at least 3 times a week. Sue's involvement in all these groups provides valuable links within the community. For example, Hay Theatre provide regular stimulus and entertainment for the elderly at Hay Days café and this also extends to Hay Luncheon club.

Her nominator Janine Sharp said:

"She puts up with my grumpy moods, makes healthy lunches when we're working and is just generally amazing. Sue recognises her fortunate position of retiring early, and she shares her good fortune selflessly, not because she has to do this, but so the community is a happier and healthier place to in which to live."



HBTS refugees started in September 2015 when a group of people got together in the Granary in Hay-on-Wye, appalled by the images of refugees drowning in the Mediterranean. The group has grown ever since, organised more than 50 activities and now has over 400 members. We coordinate local support for people seeking asylum and refuge in the UK, Europe and the wider world. Activities are focused around Talgarth, Hay and Brecon. Social media was a catalyst to expand the group and people started coming together to volunteer. New volunteers, approximately 30 people, attended the Cathedral to find out more about HBTS Refugees. The group then began to look for a free venue to hold meetings and was offered this by Talgarth Rugby Club. The group has been founded on shared knowledge/skills, shared networks and has grown due to members bringing in their friends. 

The group has over 400 followers on Facebook and at Away Days over fifty volunteers contribute. They then may become members and support the group in different ways. The group meets most months and 15-20 people can be in attendance.  They are affiliated to the City of Sanctuary (CoS), a broad social movement which now has over 80 local groups throughout the UK and Ireland. They work closely with City of Sanctuary and similar refugee support groups in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.

The group supports English as a second language courses in Cardiff and Swansea and collect donated computers and smartphones for use in English classes and to help individuals keep in touch with family and friends. This can also help to get people in to employment. There are only a handful of people seeking refuge or asylum within our area, they support those in nearby Welsh cities by offering them respite visits to our peaceful and beautiful area. They have held more than 25 respite days so far for groups of up to 70 people of all ages who seek refuge or asylum and are based in South Wales cities. They provide transport, food, activities, sports and entertainment, but above all friendship and welcome.  One participant said: "I sit in my room, it's like a prison of stress and worry. I'm very happy today, thank you so much"

Their nominator Bethan Groves said:

“They save lives and offer needed support and a warm welcome to Wales – humanity needs such people”.



The Rhayader and District Community Car Scheme has been in operation for the past 30 years, every day of the week. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to drive passengers to hospitals and other health related appointments in Powys, but also to the large regional general and specialist hospitals in Birmingham, Hereford, Cardiff and even London. They also transport passengers to their appointments at the doctors and the dentists through the in-town Dial a Ride scheme. The Community Car Scheme provides a service 24/7 to enable attendance at appointments. This is crucial in a community where a large percentage are elderly and cannot or do not want to drive, and where there are no friends or family available to support them. The result of this is reduced stress levels, safe transportation to and from appointments and links within the local community with drivers that they trust.

The scheme currently has 19 volunteers. All volunteers are DBS checked and provide references at the time of induction. They are supported on a daily basis by the Arches Community Transport Coordinator. Between April 2017 and March 2018 the drivers undertook 89775.5 miles worth of journeys with drivers used 172 times. A total of 2594.75 hours of driving and 1215.5 hours of waiting time took place.

Their nominator Alison Thomas said:

"I can personally vouch for all of them referring to their trustworthiness, reliability, punctuality, enthusiasm and motivation. They not only drive their passengers - they help them to their appointments, sit with them is they are alone or worried, liaise with hospitals/wards to ensure the patients well-being. They report back to me if they have any concerns at all for their patients welfare, and often go over and above the call of duty to ensure their passengers are 'ok'. Their willingness and availability to help, to drive long distances, and to wait many hours is a continuous and pleasant surprise. I am proud of our volunteer drivers for all the work they do for our community".



Mark has been involved with Brecknock YFC since the age of 10. Brecknock YFC has 13 clubs in its Federation, with 600 young people being involved between the ages of 10 to 26. Clubs are open to anyone regardless of whether they have an agricultural background. Activities range from drama, sport, public speaking, stock judging, training, quizzes and socialising.

Mark's involvement started as a member of Llandefalle YFC where he volunteered and participated in a variety of activities. He also took on the role of club chairman and club secretary. Mark also volunteered at County level serving on many committees and fulfilling the role of Competitions Chairman.

Mark is currently County Chairman giving many hours of time to the organisations and managing it through a period of major change due to funding pressures. He also regularly supports junior members with training, giving them the skills and confidence they need to succeed. He also writes and produces dramatic performances. He represents Brecknock YFC at many events and serves on many committees championing the YFC movement.

Mark's nominator Claire Price said:

"Mark is a true ambassador of our organisations and has given no end of time and commitment to better so many young people and to secure the future of our organisation. He is always willing to help, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and is keen to pass on his knowledge and skills to better young people and the organisation."



Joan has been volunteering for 25 years, and usually does so 7 days a week. Joan was on the initial group that set up the community shop in Llanbadarn Fynydd. She continues to be involved to this day. She has also been involved on the sports committee, WI and YFC.

Joan opens the shop every week day morning at 7am (8am on weekends). She sorts the papers, switches on the fuel and lights. She operates the shop until 8.30am when Megan (paid staff) and a volunteer come in. Then at 5pm Joan comes back to man the shop until 6pm when she switches off the fuel and lights and locks up. At the weekends she mans the shop for half the day, longer if it's busy. Joan's voluntary efforts are instrumental in keeping the shop going, as the early opening is really important. Joan is very flexible ensuring the shop benefits at all times. She often stands in for other volunteers, does longer shifts when necessary, and keeps the shop open longer in busy farming times, and often opening out of hours. She plans her life around the shop, ensuring it is maintained and managed daily.

Joan's nominator said:

"Joan has never fledged in her support for the community shop. The community shop was ground breaking in the country and has been a focal point for other shops in Wales. She has kept the community shop going with no pay, and has made it a pivotal place in the community for everyone to meet".


Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service currently run the National Fire Cadets programme in a number of fire stations across the service area for 13 -18 Year Olds.

The schemes meet & run from a local fire station one evening per week (usually school term time)

The National Fire Cadets is an educational youth organisation where the aim is to enable young people to gain skills, knowledge and positive experience in a fun, safe and secure environment, whilst developing life skills and inspiring young people to make positive life choices about their futures.

During their time in the scheme, young people obtain a BTEC qualification, they experience the same training & discipline that firefighters experience daily as well as learning team skills & the community spirit that goes with the role of a firefighter.

The instructors who run each scheme are all volunteers, some are on call firefighters, some are officers within the service & some are people from the local community. These people give up 3 hours per week to run the schemes, in addition to this they also give up their timer on other days & weekends for activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh award, team meetings, team building days, charity events & more.


Stephen has been a fire cadet instructor in Llandrindod Wells since it started in 2013. He is also an on-call firefighter & a manger within Powys county council. He also volunteers every weekend as a football referee & often referees more than 2 games each weekend with some additional games in the week.


Abercrave fire cadets was established in 2013 using community funding from Celtic energy. The scheme has 12 instructors & 10 cadets.

Dame Shan Legge-Bourke - Lifetime Achievement Winner

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.

Powys Volunteer of the Year 2018 A Celebration of Volunteering

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