Worthy Winners Announced at Rugby Borough Volunteer Awards

Winners announced at Warwickshire CAVA's 2022 Rugby Borough Volunteer Awards.

Wednesday 20th July, saw the 4th annual Rugby Volunteer awards, a partnership event between Rugby Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire CAVA. Held at Dunchurch Village Hall with over 100 volunteers in attendance.

There were 16 awards, presented by The Mayor of Rugby Councillor Carolyn Watson Merrett, Tom Kittendorf and Marie Barlow from Rugby Borough Council and Mike Slemenseck and Jennifer Mccabe from the Communities and Partnerships Service at Warwickshire County Council.

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.

The winners on the night were:

Community Impact:
Saturdads
HEART (Hillmorton and East Rugby Together)
Community of Welcome CIC

Covid Initiatives:
Locke House Volunteers who administered the Vaccination Centre as volunteers for Rugby Health Ltd
ConnectWell Volunteers

Environment:
Friends of Dunchurch
Siobhan Morrow volunteer at the Benn Partnership Centre

Health and Wellbeing:
Make Lunch Rugby at St Oswalds Church
Helen Lee volunteer at Friends of St Cross

Leisure and Sports:
GEC Junior park run Core Team volunteers
Rugby Cricket Club Volunteer coaches

Long Service:
Alvaro Dos Santos Almeida and Maria De Almeida – Volunteers at the Benn Partnership Centre for their garden
Emma Morgan – Volunteer for St Matthews Bloxham PTA

Unsung Hero:
Pawprints Dog Rescue Dog Walkers
Phil Freeman – nominated for his volunteering to a number of initiatives in Dunchurch
Simon Ainley and Sue Ainley for Rugby Talking Newspaper

In her closing speech, Cllr Carolyn Watson-Merritt, Mayor of Rugby, thanked all the volunteers for being such an inspiration to the residents of the borough, as well as thanking those who sent in the nominations, as without them, the awards wouldn’t be able to happen.

Speaking afterwards, she said: “The volunteer awards are a wonderful celebration of all of the hard work that our residents put in to our communities. It is so important that we all continue to work together – volunteers, the council, and businesses – and these awards show just what can be achieved when we do.

“Despite the extra challenges posed by the pandemic, the nominees and winners showed their exemplary creativity in how to deliver and fund against all odds.

“I want to commend the younger members from our Greater Rugby region who have been such positive ambassadors. We are delighted to see so many young people raising the profile of volunteering.”

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