Chapter 1 Champions Award Spring 2016

01 JUN 2016

The judging panel awarded 3 nominees in this round, and Gemma and I presented each winner with an engraved glass plaque, a framed certificate of recognition and £50 worth of shopping vouchers. The  awards were presented during the week beginning 9thMay and what a fantastic experience, meeting such amazing Clients and seeing how much they have overcome in their own lives, at the same time giving so much to others around them.                                  

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We went to Southampton first, and met with Acacia, to present the Champions Community Award. Acacia won her award for the work she does with her local church, happily giving her free time to help so they are able to run their drop in café. She also helps at the local food bank, preparing and handing out food parcels to community members in need. She was delighted with the Award, and said the plaque reminded her of a TV quiz prize.          

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Our second visit was to Guildford to meet Philomena and present her with the Champions Service Award. Philomena first started volunteering in the community by making meals for homeless people at the day centre and offering practical advice. She did this for 6 months and has now started work as a care assistant, carrying out home visits to the elderly. Residents at Mulberry House were inspired by how she gets up early to walk to work and goes out several times over the day to look after the people in her care. This is despite her own struggles with fibromyalgia. There was a great party for the ceremony, and Philomena was extremely grateful for her award, thanking staff and friends for helping her achieve it.


Our final visit was to Exeter, where we presented Steven with a Champions Service Award.

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 Steven has been volunteering with the Shilhay Service for many years and through volunteering his confidence and motivation have increased greatly. Other team members really value his opinions and have been inspired by his compassion and commitment to the Service. In his own words “I wish this service was made available to me when I was at my lowest & needed support”. Steven was very humble about his work and the positive affect he has had on the Service, and very shy in accepting his award, but pleased and proud to get it. A big thanks to all the Staff who nominated Clients for the Spring Champions Award. We are really looking forward to another award round, due in the Autumn, with more brilliant and inspiring Clients to celebrate with.

Article by Mary Firth, Chapter 1 Get Involved Manager.