South Tyneside’s unsung heroes praised at special awards night

Health and wellbeing volunteers awards.
From left Marion Fearon, Melissa Elliott and Kerry Bullock with manager Julie Robinson
Health and wellbeing volunteers awards. From left Marion Fearon, Melissa Elliott and Kerry Bullock with manager Julie Robinson

South Tyneside’s unsung heroes have been recognised at a prestigious volunteering event.

Over 100 people who selflessly give up their free time to help others were invited to a ceremony held at the Central Library in South Shields, this week.

The event was organised by the Council for the Voluntary Sector South Tyneside (CVS) as a show of appreciation for the borough’s volunteers.

CVS Volunteer Co-ordinator Ian Carr said: “We are all really pleased with how the awards have gone.

“We had a great turnout on the night and it was great to see the variety of the volunteers we have in South Tyneside.

“We had a lot of the well-known charities and groups at the event alongside the volunteers who people have not heard of.

The whole purpose of the awards is to recognise and appreciate the great work of our volunteers in South Tyneside.

Ian Carr

“The whole purpose of the awards is to recognise and appreciate the great work of our volunteers and how much of a difference they are making to people’s lives by giving up their own time.

“This is the second year we have held the awards and we hope next year will be even bigger and better.”

There were four categories up for grabs for the winners.

Improving Health and Well being was won by Impact Family Service; The Kayaks won the Supporting Young People, Children and Families category; Robert Sehman won Volunteer of the Year for his volunteering work at South Shields Crematorium and the Supporting the Community award was presented to the People’s Cafe.

Bright Futures, Cancer Connections First Contact Clinical, Hospitality and Hope, Quarriers Foxden Project, Swimsafe, Happy at Home, Hospital Radio South Tyneside, Project Sense were all recognised for their volunteering in South Tyneside.

The night was supported by South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Libraries.

Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Alan Smith attended the event alongside his wife and Mayoress Coun Moira Smith.

He said: “Volunteers make an enormous contribution to life in South Tyneside.

“They do so much for the benefit of others and it is vital that we ensure volunteers are supported and valued for the crucial role they play in our communities.”