We were all Cheering Volunteering!

The third Cheering Volunteering awards and celebration evening took place at the Grove Theatre, in Dunstable, on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

Central Bedfordshire Council organise Cheering Volunteering in partnership with the Volunteer Centres as part of Central Bedfordshire Together, and sponsored by Biffa, Aragon Housing, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, ProLogis and Jeakins Weir.

The Council’s new Chairman, Councillor Fiona Chapman MBE, also held her civic reception at the theatre, accompanied by new Vice-Chairman Councillor Brian Saunders, before attending the evening in her ceremonial role.

The winners

The winners and highly commended in each category were:

Young Volunteer of the Year: Winner – Sasha Mead (Aldwyck Youth Club); Highly commended – Daisy Witts and Emily Williams

Volunteer of the Year: Winner – Tricia Humber (Churches Together); Highly commended – Annmarie Boyle and Nick Berg

Volunteer Group of the Year: Winner – BLEVEC emergency volunteers; Highly commended – Hospice at Home (Dunstable and Houghton Regis), Houghton Regis Art Town and Houghton Regis Youth Action Team

Outstanding Contribution Award: Winner – Michael Hyde (Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire); Highly commended – David Wootton and Scott Kimberley

Lifetime Achievement Award: Winner – Dave Edwards (Leighton Linslade Rotary Club); Highly commended – Nicola James and Michael Grant

Fundraiser of the Year Award: Winner – Sue Sheppard (long-term fundraiser for Rethink Mental Illness); Highly commended – Luke Newman

John Buxton Panel’s Choice Award: Winner – Flitton and Greenfield Good Neighbours; Highly commended – Adam Bell, Clive and Angela Bucknall and Katie and Brian Juffs

Carers In Bedfordshire said of their volunteer Nick Berg, who was highly commended in the Volunteer of the Year category: ‘Nick is a hard-working, dedicated and very passionate volunteer who we truly value having in our team.’

‘We were all thrilled at Carers in Beds that his contribution was recognised and celebrated by all.’

‘We think it is a wonderful thing to celebrate all the selfless time, energy and effort that all volunteers everywhere put into such essential services all around the county (and indeed the country) – so thank you for creating such a positive and quality platform to celebrate together.’

Entertainment came from Natasha Rowe, part of Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council, former award winner Ukie Toones, Kimberly Shaw and Lana Tookey, with the event being compered for a third time by the ever-popular Billy Lee.

Inspiring Volunteering grant scheme

New for this year was the council’s ‘Inspiring Volunteering’ small grants scheme with a total funding pot of £5,000, to help local voluntary and community sector community projects start new projects involving volunteers.

It saw the 14 voluntary and community organisations listed below receiving grant awards ranging from £100 – £1,000 for projects to help encourage volunteering and support residents of Central Bedfordshire.

  • 1st Stondon Scout Group
  • Ampthill and District Good Neighbours
  • Ampthill and Flitwick Timebank
  • Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society
  • Biggleswade Talking Newspaper
  • Dunstable Men in Sheds
  • Houghton Regis Helpers
  • Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport
  • Leighton Linslade Helping Hands
  • Meppershall Good Neighbour Group
  • Oasys for Life
  • Sorted Counselling Services
  • The ReUse Centre
  • Toddington Community Garden
Why not get involved in Cheering Volunteering 2018?

We’re already planning for Cheering Volunteering 2018, and as a great networking opportunity maybe your organisation would like to get involved?

Whether it’s telling people all about your organisation at one of our information stalls, or sharing your volunteer photos for our slide show – if you’d like to find out more please email us here.