On Saturday 5th December 2015, St Albans Community Association and Better Understanding of Dementia Sandwell (BUDS) held a joint volunteer awards at Brandhall Labour Club in Oldbury.
Every year staff are asked to nominate the volunteer they felt contributed significantly to the centre to receive the Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominees are current volunteers of the centre. Staff voted and the unanimous winner was Humairaa Khalid.
Humairaa started at St Albans Pre School in September 2012 as a student. Since then Humairaa has continued to volunteer at St Albans Preschool on an average of 30 hours per week. She has become much loved by the staff and children alike.
Pete Ryan and our new Chair, Robert Evetts presented the Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award to Humairaa for her commitment and dedication to St Albans.
There were many more awards presented to the volunteers that evening and the St Albans staff and supporters had a great evening. With a buffet made up of a range of sandwiches, chicken or vegetarian curry, rice, naan bread and samosa.
The evening was a great success, there was lots of drinking, eating and dancing.