Volunteers Awards 2016

Celebrating the achievements made by our most dedicated volunteers.

The winners of this year's Volunteer Awards were announced last Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at the Cumberland Hotel in London. Over 200 volunteers, sponsors and staff joined us on the day.

Over the last 12 months, volunteers have made a significant impact to our work and the annual awards celebration is a way to recognise individuals and group achievements at our organisation.

The awards recognise volunteers or volunteer groups who have made a fantastic contribution to our work over the last year. Either through supporting our residents and local communities, or by overcoming personal challenges.

The winners

Lifetime Achievement

Ethel Jones, aged 91, received a special recognition Award for her lifetime achievement with Pop in Parlour – a centre that offers activities and events for people aged 50 and over including darts, bowls and bingo.

Ethel has been with the Pop in Parlour for twenty years and has gone above and beyond what is expected of her. Her pastry is also out of this world.

Volunteer Ethel JonesEthel pictured second from right above, said:
"I feel gobsmacked to have won an award! I was so surprised to have even been nominated and had no idea I was going to win. The Pop-in Parlour is really important to older residents in Thamesmead and we have a great group of volunteers – I am glad we are able to help."

Dynamic Young Leader

Ellie McLean, a Peabody resident at Peabody Hill, was acknowledged for her leadership and influence on people in her community.

As well as serving Peabody youth throughout London, Ellie is also the youngest member of the West Dulwich Tenants Association, giving a voice for young people living in her community. Ellie has a passion for seeing the lives of those in her community enriched through acts of service.

Volunteer Ellie McLean
Ellie, pictured second from right above,said:
"I started volunteering as a way to get things done on my estate. It's been a great way to meet people who want the same things as you and it’s easier to make a community if you have people who volunteer."

Volunteer of the Year

William Dorgu won Volunteer of the Year for supporting and promoting health and wellbeing initiatives in Thamesmead

He started as a Health Champion 18 months ago and also volunteers with several Peabody projects, including being an advisor for Positive Steps project. 

Volunteer William DorguWilliam, pictured above said:
"I'm very grateful to Peabody for this award. George Peabody came to this country and made a significant difference to people's lives. I started volunteering because I want to do what George Peabody did!

"I haven't got millions of pounds, but I've got good communications skills and a passion for bringing people together. I'd like to thank Abu and Linda from Trust Thamesmead, who trained me to become a health champion, meaning I can help people by supporting and promoting health and wellbeing initiatives across Thamesmead.” 

Full list of winners:

Award Winners                  
Lifetime Achievement  Ethel Jones
Enterprising Communities    Bryan and the Good Life Garden
Dynamic Young Leader  Ellie McLean
Volunteer of the Year  William Dorgu
Significant personal achievement   Claudette Lawrence
Volunteer Group of the Year  Dads Zone 
Enterprising Communities Award The Good Life Garden


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