During Volunteers’ Week (1–7 June), we celebrated this year’s Volunteer Awards winners at ceremonies throughout the UK.
Our national winners were invited to London, where we were delighted to be joined by guest speakers Stewart Macintosh, Newsreader at BBC World Service, and Victoria Garcia, Accessibility and Communities Manager at Brighton and Hove Buses.
Stewart shared some fascinating facts about sound – did you know that volcanoes are the loudest natural sound on Earth, that high-pitched sounds are added to movie soundtracks to induce anxiety, and that flies cannot hear? Victoria spoke about the award-winning Helping Hand card scheme, which Brighton volunteers helped to develop, and the industry-leading loop system, which is now being fitted in Brighton and Hove Buses thanks to rigorous testing by our volunteers.
Jane Bailey, Head of Volunteering Development, said: "The Volunteer Awards enable us to celebrate the massive difference that our incredible volunteers make to the lives of people across the UK. It’s always a delight to meet such inspiring and dedicated individuals who are driven by a simple motivation to help others."
Regional winners from South East and South West England were also presented with their awards in London, while winners in Northern Ireland and Scotland were recognised at events in Belfast and Glasgow.
Passion in Action – Jennifer Stanley
Jennifer, who has had hearing loss since birth and wears two hearing aids, initially joined us as a digital campaigner, but became firmly involved in promoting our Working for Change campaign by drawing on her personal experiences in the workplace. Now the ‘face’ of the campaign, Jennifer has given compelling interviews on Radio 5 Live and BBC Breakfast, and has engaged key officials from the Work & Pensions Select Committee.
National Fundraiser of the Year – Emily Connolly
Since joining us as a Collection Co-ordinator in 2016, Emily has built up an extensive network of contacts in her community. She has recruited supporters from local secondary schools, sports teams, community groups and the Scouts, to help her run various street collections and supermarket bag packs. During her time with the charity, Emily has helped to raise more than £4,350.
Perfect Partners – Salisbury Hear to Help and Hear to Meet
Delivering a span of support services, including hearing aid maintenance, befriending, and outreach information, this team of 31 volunteers runs 18 drop-in clinics across the area and contributes an average of 170 volunteering hours each month. In its eight years, the drop-in has never been cancelled due to a shortage of volunteers to run it.
Read about the inspiring work of all our country/regional volunteer winners in the latest Volunteer Focus.
We celebrate our volunteers, and award our winners, at ceremonies across the UK during National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June). We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their commitment, hard work and support, and wish them a fantastic Volunteers’ Week 2018.
There are lots of ways you can volunteer with us, and the time you give really does make a difference. If you’re interested in volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss, and would like to find out about opportunities in your area, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page, or contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01273 840960.
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