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Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) recently held another successful Volunteer Awards at Chester Town Hall, thanking volunteers across west Cheshire for all the work they do in the local community.

The Volunteer Awards take place every December as a positive way to round off the year, with more than 60 nominations received in 2023 across the different categories.

After the CWVA team had whittled each category down to a shortlist of three nominees, a panel, including a number of external representatives, took the final vote on the winners.

Councillor Sheila Little, Lord Mayor of Chester, helped present the following awards on the day, with the winners highlighted in bold.

Inspirational Volunteer of the Year
Tracy Goodwin
• Mary Byrne
• Ian Mayers

Cost of Living Volunteer of the Year
• Tyra Goodwin
• Tracey Flynn
• Chris Baldwin

Team of the Year
• ‘Brengineers’ (Bren’s Bikes)
• GGO Community Group
• Connect Volunteers (Chapter)

Trustee of the Year
• Emma Guy
• Rod Heather
• Hazel Kinsey

Mental Health Volunteer of the Year
• Gary Smith
• Karen Powell
• Laura Davies

Older Volunteer of the Year
• Pat Carter
• Pat Nelson
• Phil Edge

Younger Volunteer of the Year
• Faye Goss
• Jack Snell
• Robbie Johnson

Gary Cliffe, Chief Executive of CWVA, said: “Volunteers play such a valuable role in organisations across the west Cheshire.

“Without volunteers, many organisations wouldn’t be able to provide the services they do or even exist.

“Our Volunteer Awards and the wider volunteering campaign we run throughout the year aims to celebrate volunteers, encourage more people to support their local community and work with organisations to make sure there’s a positive volunteer experience.

“I’d like to thank everyone who submitted nominations as part of this year’s Volunteer Awards.

“There were so many inspiring nominations and I know it was very difficult for the panel to choose the winners.”

CWVA’s volunteering platform showcases the wide range of volunteering opportunities available across west Cheshire.

While it provides an opportunity for people to find an opportunity to suit them, organisations can also access a range of tools, such as being able to manage the recruitment process through the platform, issuing timesheets and much more.

Visit the volunteering platform

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