ON THURSDAY 21 November Volunteer Cornwall held its annual awards ceremony to celebrate the efforts and achievements of people across the county involved in volunteering.
Three of our volunteers were shortlisted for awards in the categories for Personal Development, Young Volunteer and Good Neighbour.
They attended the awards ceremony at the Eden Project with members of staff, and we are so proud that all were recognised by the judges in their categories.
Emily Scott and Elaine Roberts received Highly Commended for Young Volunteer and Good Neighbour respectively.
Emily is just twenty years old and has been volunteering at Harbour for over two years. She helps with a whole range of activities from training courses to welfare checks and outings with residents such as a recent team building activity at an escape room.
Elaine provides CV and interview advice to residents and has been doing so for the past two years.
She admits that before she came to Harbour she had some negative preconceptions, but from her first visit she was determined to come back and volunteer.
“I realised just how much help they were all given. What you see from outside isn’t what you get when you come inside.”
In the category of Personal Development our very own John Fisher was crowned overall winner.
John is an ex-resident of Harbour Housing, having previously been homeless, and now has his own private accommodation and returns to volunteer.
Kate Moss, business development manager, has worked with John from when he first arrived at Harbour, and attended the ceremony with him.
She said “What a fantastic celebration that showcasing the wide variety of volunteering and the amazing impact it has across Cornwall, I was delighted to be able to attend”.
“It’s been a real pleasure to work with John over the last four years and see the huge progression he has made.
“He has had to work incredibly hard on himself to overcome barriers, stigma and illness alongside the challenges of everyday life and for these reasons he is so deserving of the Personal Development Award.
“It’s not always easy to accept support, but John has worked closely with staff, taken training opportunities and involved himself in community events in order to nurture his growth.
“He always had a huge range of skills, but through all his volunteering and dedication, they have been able to shine and improve the lives of others.
“John is a prime example of someone who takes pride in helping others without expecting anything in return and it was great to see him accept this award”.