Monmouthshire is county rich in volunteers, individuals who give
their heart and soul to help other and their communities. On Wednesday 30th
October some of the county’s outstanding volunteers were celebrated at the
annual Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisation, Volunteer Achievement
Awards at Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel.
The awards generated a wealth of nominations and judges had a
tough decision deciding the winners. GAVO is pleased to announce the following
individuals gained recognition for their outstanding dedication, commitment and
passion for helping others.
Winner of the Adult Volunteer, sponsored by
Pobl Group – Ceri Carlyon.
Ceri gained the award for heroutstandingcontribution to
well-being in the community. Ceri is a shining example, as an inspiring and
creative Group Scout Leader to 1st Gilwern Scout Group. Ceri has not let her
deteriorating disability affect her volunteering or family commitments and has
launched two business in the past four years. Ceri has also become involved in
other community based projects facilitated by Monmouthshire County Council, for
example the Monmouthshire showcase stand at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.
– Robert Hilary Wade, an inspirational individual who has introduced many young
people to the magic of the theatre, via his work as a Musical Director in Youth
Theatre, and also through sport, as a volunteer referee for the Gwent Central
League from 2001 to the present day.
Environmental Volunteer, sponsored by Chepstow
Round Table – Stuart Davies
an amazing individual, his commitment to improving the environment is unique.
Stuart volunteers at community recycling charity in Homemakers, Abergavenny for
the past six years for six days a week. Stuart goes over and above to help
individuals recycle household items and is a well-loved member of the
Highly Commended – Pathcare Walking Group work with
Monmouthshire County Council to carry out fortnightly checks of routes that
form part of the Countryside Service’s Guided Walk Programme. They ensure that
the routes remain safe and accessible, a benefit to residents and visitors
Group award – Sponsored by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board –
a peer led project with ‘Activ8 Champions’ who empower young people to develop
skills, confidence and knowledge to help them progress into volunteering,
education, employment or training.
– Food Sense, Monmouth work
with local supermarkets to ensure that food doesn’t go to waste, providing free
food collection points for those who need it and provide healthy meals for
children and young people taking part in summer play schemes.
Personal journey- Sponsored by Bethany Home – Thea Babb
Thea is a
volunteer on the Mind Matters project, the project works with young people to
raise awareness of mental health issues. Thea selflessly pushes herself to help
others, using her own experiences to educate young people.
– Katie Newbury has overcome adversity and personal challenges and is now an
active volunteer with the Monmouthshire Citizens Advice in Caldicot helping
others in the community.
Trustee Volunteer, Sponsored by Caldicot Town
Council – Emlyn Lunn
overcame a stroke and accompanying medical challenges to volunteer with
Monmouthshire Housing Association. He now holds the position of Vice Chair and
ensures all tenants have a voice.
Young Volunteer- Sponsored by the Office of
Police & Crime Commissioner in Gwent – Charley Oliver-Holland
is an outstanding role model and ensure that the voice for the young people is
heard. Charley is Chair of Engage 2 Change the county’s Youth Council, a member
of Wales Youth Parliament and a representative for the British Youth Council.
She dedicates her time to ensuring the voice of young people is heard and
Commended – Kelsey Goodwin, a volunteer at Monnow Vale Hospital. Kelsey
provides support for individuals with dementia, their family and staff members.
Sheriff of Gwent Award – Harry Stitt
joined ‘Ready Steady Go’ an activity club for children with Autism in May 2018
at the age of 14. To date he has achieved over 100 volunteer hours with the
club and supports the young children to access activities, play and participate
in the sessions.
Monmouthshire County Council Chairman’s Award – Serena
has made a significant contribution to the County of Monmouthshire. Serena has
gained self-confidence and belief through her volunteering work at Bridges
Charity Shop. She has mastered the till, is a sought after face by customers
and even has taken responsibility for opening the shop in recent months.
volunteers Taran Fitzgerald, Charley Oliver-Holland and Robert Harman, George
Beale and Elaine Savage were presented with GAVO Volunteer Recognition
certificates for reaching 1000 hours of volunteering, by the Lord Lieutenant in
Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE.
Brien, Chief Officer for Enterprise said:
offer so much to communities in Monmouthshire. We are so lucky to have the
support of the Be Community team and GAVO to provide valuable training and
support. I congratulate everyone who has been nominated, and I would like thank
the unsung volunteers. I urge anyone who knows someone who goes over and above
to help others to nominate them for an award in 2020!”
Clare Watkins, GAVO Volunteering Team Manager said “It is an
honour to highlight the selfless efforts and the valuable contributions our
shortlisted volunteers have made to ensure our communities are better places to
The difference these individuals and groups make to the lives of
others is amazing. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers
across Monmouthshire. GAVO would also like to express gratitude to everyone who
took time to put forward nominations.
The judging panel had a difficult job selecting the winners. I
would also like to thank our wonderful compere for the evening, Kim Tovey,
Senior Organisational Development Manager at Wales Ambulance Service Trust, who
has given her time freely and also to our sponsors whose financial contribution
help make the celebrations possible.
I would like to thank the Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel & Spa for
donating a prize of an overnight stay in one of their superior rooms at their
fabulous Hotel and Jeffries Fine Jewellers for the donation of a beautiful
For more information about the Gwent Association of Voluntary
Organisations contact: Clare Watkins call 01633 241566 or email: email@example.com