Volunteers Week a hit in Weston

PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 June 2015

CEO of VANS Cara MacMahon, Catherine Moore, Pat Cocking and Jan Hickey.

CEO of VANS Cara MacMahon, Catherine Moore, Pat Cocking and Jan Hickey.

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VOLUNTEERS across Weston were recognised for their work in the town during Volunteers’ Week.

Addaction volunteers enjoying lunch at Loves Cafe.Addaction volunteers enjoying lunch at Loves Cafe.

Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) held a celebration for its members – organisations which work with volunteers across the district – and gave out awards to a number of hard workers.

The event was supported by a grant from the Quartet Community Foundation and nominees were given a lunch and certificates.

Programme and operations manager for VANS Lorna Muffett said: “We invited people to nominate volunteers in different categories, volunteer of the year, young volunteer of the year, longest serving volunteer and group of the year.

“We believe the contribution of all volunteers is really valuable so we put all the nominees’ names in a hat.”

Jan Hickey was given a gold award for her work volunteering in North Somerset’s children’s centres. Pat Cocking was given a silver award for volunteering with Lighthouse, a charity which supports people in crisis and gives training for employment and girl guiding volunteer Catherine Moore was given a bronze award for her work.

Weston-based drug and alcohol charity Addaction also marked the week by holding a lunch at Loves Café to say thank you to its volunteers.

Every month volunteers donate more than 200 hours of their time to supporting staff by doing administration work, holding group sessions, one-to-one mentoring, peer education and helping to develop life skills.

Addaction’s community engagement co-ordinator Cathy Mounsdon said: “Volunteers are integral to our services.

“Volunteers with experience of drug or alcohol misuse offer a level of support which is life-changing to many people who are only just starting out on their road to recovery.

“They can help provide people with the skills and tools they need to overcome addiction and we are immensely grateful to every one of them.”

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