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RBH Volunteer Award winners 2017

2017 RBH Volunteer Award Winners

At the 2017 Annual Members Meeting, RBH members honoured the volunteer work being done across our neighbourhoods by tenants and employees. It was humbling to see how much time, effort and enthusiasm the army of helpers, supporters and doers provide to help their neighbours and their community.

The warmth and willingness by which our volunteers embrace their role is inspiring. They do important work in a quiet, unassuming manner that changes people’s lives almost daily. Well done to all our winners and also to all those who were nominated for an award!

RBH Volunteer Award winners 2017

The nine volunteers honoured at this year’s AMM were:

Improving the Environment award winner: Michael McGovern

Michael volunteers at Q Gardens on Kirkholt.  He makes sure the gardens are open each Wednesday and Sunday afternoon and is the main driving force behind getting all the tasks completed.


Providing Digital Support award winner: Donna Chadwick

Donna works with learners of all ages to master basic computer skills. She helps people to set up emails, make online benefit applications, CV writing, search for jobs and build their skills. 


Community Volunteer of the Year: Heather Stott

Heather is a long standing volunteer at Sandon House in Heywood.  She is their treasured Treasurer and has helped to secure grants to upgrade the centre. She also helps to several successful activities.


Young Community Volunteer of the Year: Devon Newell

Devon, despite being 13 years old, has already been a community volunteer for three years. Her specialty is arts and crafts and she loves helping the younger children to develop their creative side. 


RBH Workplace Volunteer of the Year: Bushra Basheer

Bushra has been volunteering on the RBH Workplace Volunteer Scheme since March in the Empty Homes team.  She has become a valuable and well liked member of the team.


Good Neighbour award winner: Dylan Williams

Dylan will help anyone in his neighbourhood who needs it. He does gardening for two neighbours and also helps an elderly lady with housework every week. He is the perfect good neighbour!


Supporting RBH Independent Living Schemes award winners: Eric Turner and Dorothy Wild

Eric and Dorothy organise lots of activities and social events. They are really valued by the residents and without enthusiastic volunteers like them things  just couldn’t take place.


Improving RBH Services award winner: Frank Altham

Frank is a Tenant Representative who enthusiastically volunteers for many of the groups. Last year he took part in 13 separate activities, racking up over 80 additional hours of volunteering time.


Volunteer of the Year 2017: Devon Newell

Devon’s community group have said that they couldn’t run the weekly activity club without her and we think she is an inspiration for all young people! Well done Devon!

Apprenticeship Opportunity

Our partners, Groundwork in Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale, are looking for two exceptional people to work for their ‘Green Team’ to implement land improvement projects on behalf of RBH, while working towards a Level 2 qualification in Work-based Horticulture and Landscaping.

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop hard and soft landscaping skills, study for a qualification, and work in a friendly and supportive environment, all whilst earning a real Living Wage!

Applications close on Friday 9th March. Visit the Groundwork BBOR website to find out more and to apply!

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