Three cheers for Nuneaton and Bedworth’s volunteers!

On Wednesday 20th July, Warwickshire CAVA held its first in-person awards ceremony since the pandemic during a warm evening at Ambleside Sports Club in Nuneaton.

Wednesday 20th July, saw annual Northern Warwickshire Volunteer Awards, a partnership event between Warwickshire CAVA, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council. Held at Ambleside Sports Club, with over 60 volunteers in attendance.

There were 16 awards, presented by Alison Thompson, Area Manager for WCAVA, joined by Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Jeff Clarke.

This year’s awards saw nominations from all sectors, and the panel were moved by all of the stories that they heard. The shortlisting wasn’t easy, with so many great nominations to choose from, and the panel had a very difficult job.

Community Impact
Individual winner: John Ison from the Friends of the Nook
Group winner: Keith & Margaret Galland from the Oasis Food Ministry

Unsung Hero
Individual winner: Linda Anderson, St Michaels Children & Family Centre
Group winner: Warwickshire Search & Rescue Volunteers
Special Recognition: Richard Shaw, Independent Advocacy

Health & Well-being
Individual winner: Sylvia Wright, Senior Ladies Keep Kit class
Group winner: South Warwickshire Foundation Trust’s Community Children’s Nursing Team volunteers

Leisure and Sports
Individual winner: Matthew Jeffries from Nuneaton Borough Girls Football.
Group winner: Nuneaton Borough Girls Section.
Special Recognition: Gareth Whitehead from Keresley Rugby Club.
Special Recognition: Atherstone Town Community Volunteer Group.

Young Volunteer
Individual winner: Dylan Ogilvie from Coventry & Warwickshire Mind Children’s Autism Service.
Group winner: Bermuda Phoenix Centre Breakfast Club Young Volunteers.

Creative & Heritage
Individual winner: Viv McKee, Art Alert.

Environment
Group winner: Maurice & Truda Thornton from the Friends of Ensors

Long Service
Andre Mokha from Bedworth Heath Community Centre

We were also lucky enough to be joined by the Ambleside Community Choir, who performed four songs for the assembled guests, and had a specially commissioned poem for the evening, written by long-serving volunteer William Roe, the ‘Bard of Bedworth’. In her closing speech, Karen Winchcombe, Chief Executive of WCAVA, thanked all the volunteers for being such an inspiration to the residents of the two boroughs, as well as thanking those who sent in the nominations, as without them, the awards wouldn’t be able to happen.

Congratulations to everyone that was nominated this year, we are already planning next year’s event, and how we can celebrate even more volunteers.

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