The second ‘Who Will Care Awards’ took place in May at Chelmsford Civic Centre.
The range of the volunteering undertaken by the seven winners included supporting people who have been bereaved, providing assistance, support and friendship for older people, supporting people with low confidence and self-esteem and practical work at a centre for people with learning disabilities.
The Business Award – celebrating excellence in corporate social responsibility: Ford Dunton Technical Centre (Laindon).
The Ford Dunton Technical Centre won the Business Award for allowing the continuous support they offer the Hamelin Trust. The work that the Ford Dunton team have carried out includes clearing woodland and supporting people with learning difficulties to get involved in horticulture as well as volunteering at Sutton Bridge Farm on a regular basis.
The Voluntary Community Service Award – reflecting innovation or outstanding service delivery by a third sector organisation: Dengie Project Trust (Southminster).
The Dengie Project Trust won the Voluntary and Community Service Award for their group which offers a range of community services in Mid-Essex including transport, intergenerational activities, support for carers and liaison with health and social care services.
Innovation Award – demonstrating innovation in community development: Your Living Room CIC (Feering).
Your Living Room won the Innovation Award for their service which offers a person centred de-cluttering service and provides practical help to clients with severe hoarding issues. Hoarding is a hidden problem that if left unaddressed can result in serious physical and mental health issues, particularly vulnerable people like the frail and elderly. The group develop an empathetic relationship with the vulnerable adult, working with compassion and at a pace to make a very stressful situation as easy as possible for their client.
Individual Volunteer – Young Person (under 18) Award: Aimee and Liam Oliver (Benfleet).
Aimee and Liam were nominated by the Appleton School, Benfleet, for the care and kindness they showed to an elderly lady in their community. Aimee and Liam came across this person who was clearly confused and disorientated. They took it upon themselves to find out who she was and where she needed to be, ensuring she was guided safely back to her care home.
Individual Volunteer – Adult (18 and over) Award: Jennifer Brown (Chelmsford).
Jennifer won the award for individual adult and was nominated by Chelmsford Centre Supporting Voluntary Action for the CVC craft group she is involved with. It was noted that Jennifer makes new recruits welcome, teaches them how to knit and helps them build their confidence and self-esteem. She is also invaluable at helping at events, volunteers at Citizens’ Advice Chelmsford and an active member of her local church.
Individual Volunteer – overcoming adversity: Ricky McCarthy (Basildon).
Ricky was nominated for the art and social group he set up nine years ago which meets twice a week and supports people who have had drug, alcohol and/or mental health problems.
Volunteer Team Award – Thundersley Congregational Church Luncheon Club.
The Thundersley Congregational Church Luncheon Club won the Team Volunteers Award for their group’s services to older residents in the community. Running twice a week, they undertake tasks for older residents, including setting up the rooms, cooking, cleaning, washing up and generally making everyone welcome.