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!
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!