Alan – St Albans Volunteer of the Year

The Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award

On Friday 8th June 2018 St Albans Community Association held their annual 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 Alan Fereday.

Alan has been with St Albans for over 10 years and in this time has covered many volunteer roles including driving our minibus.

He has become an integral part of our team and we genuinely would struggle to cope with the Outmeal deliveries without him. Alan volunteers 5 days per week in the centre delivering over 50 meals per week to housebound clients.

Pete Ryan and our Chair, Robert Evetts presented the Pat Ryan Volunteer of the Year Award to Alan for his 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 eating, dancing and fun.

Gill Scarrow – Befriending Volunteer of the Year

On Friday 8th June 2018 St Albans Community Association held their annual volunteer awards at Brandhall Labour Club in Oldbury.
Every year the befriending team are asked to nominate their Befriending Volunteer of the Year. This year they nominated Gill Scarrow.
Gill has volunteered with the Befriending team since March 2014, and during this time she has visited many clients for us.
Gill currently visits 4 clients a week. She often takes them out for breakfast or lunch, goes out walking with them, takes them to medical appointments, takes them to church etc. All of which is above and beyond the remit of a befriending volunteer. We are proud to have her as a volunteer for the Our Friend is Your Friend Project.

2016 Joint Volunteer Awards

Elaine Barnes receives award

Elaine Barnes receives award

On Saturday 5th November 2016, 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 Elaine Barnes.

Elaine initially came to us as a client on the JCP provision we were offering and quickly began volunteering with us on that project. Once that project had finished Elaine began volunteering with us on the Our Friend is Your Friend Befriending project, she has now been with us for nearly two years.

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2015 Joint Volunteer Awards

2015 Joint Volunteer AwardsOn 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.

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