To celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2016 over 100 people gathered at Runnymede Hall in Thundersley on Saturday 11th June for afternoon tea at the annual Castle Point Volunteer Awards.
The event, hosted by the Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services, was a community affair generously supported once again by local businesses. Mr Browns’ Sweet Shop, Affinity Restaurant, Ellie Mae Florists and Design4Print all stepped up to ensure that the event was a huge success.
Local community groups and members of the public nominated volunteers for two separate categories, all of whom were presented with gifts and a certificate by category sponsors, Neil Bates of The Sylvia Bates Memorial Trust Fund and the new Mayor of Castle Point, Councillor Steven Cole who said,
“It was a pleasure to be part of the Volunteer Awards and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to thank such a wonderful group of people for their hard work and dedication to the community. They truly are our Castle Point heroes.”
The event was compered by Councillor Andrew Sheldon.
The deserving winners, chosen by a panel were:
The Mayors Award – Sponsored by The Mayor’s Office:
Hayley Meagher – for voluntary service with Involved.
The Young Volunteer Award (under 21) – Sponsored by The Sylvia Bates Memorial Trust Fund:
Luke Halsey – for voluntary service with Canvey Island Rotary Club
The event also saw the release of the new ‘Volunteering and Me’ video, produced by Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services to demonstrate the power and rewards of volunteering. The ‘Volunteering and Me‘ video can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here
For information about volunteering in your area please contact your local Volunteer Centre.