Wiltshire's top volunteers recognised with awards
2:28pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Latest News
Wiltshire’s hard-working volunteers and community groups were recently recognised at an awards ceremony which celebrated their achievements and hard work.
Organised by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the fourth Wiltshire Voluntary and Community Awards took place at the Corn Exchange in Devizes yesterday.
The council received more than 70 nominations for the awards which celebrate people and groups who have worked on exceptional or innovative schemes helping to transform the lives of people in the county.
Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for communities, Jonathon Seed, said: “We have seen some truly wonderful examples of the outstanding community work that takes place in our county, year in and year out, and this event is just one way of showing our appreciation for all that they do.”
The shortlist and winners for each category were:
Community Leadership: Peter Baxter, Chairman of Wiltshire Compact (winner), West Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum Women’s Group, Trowbridge, Melksham, Chippenham, The Nature of It, Chippenham
Employer Demonstrating Support for Local Communities: Avagio IT, Chippenham (winner), Bowood Estate, Calne, Kennet Furniture Refurbiz, Devizes
Improving Quality of Life for People in Wiltshire: (2 winners) Unity House, Chippenham (winner), The Chippenham Food Bank (winner), Smallbrook Meadows Wildlife Reserve, Warminster
Best Community Initiative Nominated by an Area Board: Tidworth Mums (winner), Foxley and Norton Jubilee Egg Sculpture project, Made in Bradford on Avon, Royal Wootton Bassett Carnival Children’s Drumming project
Young Volunteer of the year: Louise Radford, Royal Wootton Bassett District Rangers (winner) ,Andrew Griffiths, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Somewhere in Between (SiB) and Youth Advisory Group (YAG), Malmesbury (Alice McGory, Jess Kenyon, Meghan Castle, Simone Snashall, Aston Atkinson and Chloe Harris-Alba)
Creative Partnership Working in Communities: Salisbury and Chippenham Street Pastors (winner), Selwood Housing- Silva Social Enterprise Clause, Trowbridge, Wiltshire Money Partnership
Volunteer of the year: Miriam Nicholls, Malmesbury (winner), Carol Pilkington, Warminster, Mike Strong, Devizes
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