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Extract from Daily Echo Southampton (Thursday 6th June 2013)

Southampton says thanks to volunteers

 

The volunteers with the Mayor of Southampton Cllr Ivan White at the ceremony in the council chamber recognising their valuable work.
The volunteers with the Mayor of Southampton Cllr Ivan White at the ceremony in the council chamber recognising their valuable work.

 

THEY have dedicated hundreds of hours of their time for the good of the city.

Now volunteers from organisations across Southampton have been rewarded for their efforts at a thank you ceremony organised by Southampton Voluntary Services. More than 35 nominees were presented with certificates by the Mayor of Southampton Cllr Ivan White at the mayor’s parlour in the Civic Centre.

The volunteers’ work includes improving the quality of life for the elderly, working with young offenders to steer them away from crime, maintaining a small farm and supporting the needs of asylum seekers and refugees in Southampton. The presentations were made during National Volunteers’ Week.

Nalini Lukha spoke of her pride at receiving a certificate for her work at Awaaz FM in Cranberry Terrace, Southampton. She had no radio experience before joining. Nalini also works on the Vedic Society Committee. She said: “I never expected to win this award. It’s the first time in my life that I have. Volunteering has given me a lot of confidence. I was really low but it has brought my confidence back.”

Cllr White told the delegation: “The city does say a big thank you for the volunteers in this city. There’s a huge number doing fantastic jobs. Without your help the city probably wouldn’t function at all or as well as it does.”

Kevin Liles, chairman of Southampton Voluntary Services, said: “The voluntary sector makes the city work. A lot of people don’t know how great it is and what it does. The diversity of volunteering makes things tick.”

The roll of honour 2013

  • Nalini Lukha – Awaaz FM Community Radio
  • David Hibbs – Brendoncare Club Hampshire
  • Wendy Wynne – Brendoncare Club Hampshire
  • Suhalia Alkhalil- City Life Education and Action for Refugees
  • Robenson Gwatidzo- City Life Education and Action for Refugees
  • Graham Judd- City Life Education and Action for Refugees
  • Stan Stovell – Communicare in Southampton
  • Ann Graham – Down to Earth Community Farm
  • Sally Henbest – Down to Earth Community Farm
  • Brenda Knopf – Down to Earth Community Farm
  • Tracy Smith – Down to Earth Community Farm and SCA Group
  • Jade Maunder – Southampton Mencap
  • Ashley Cooke – Southampton Voluntary Services
  • Lewis Banford – Southampton Voluntary Services
  • Laura Stephens – Southampton Voluntary Services
  • Tony Roberts – Southampton Voluntary Services
  • Yasmin Lane – Southampton Voluntary Services
  • Sue Flawn – Southampton Youth Offending Service
  • Brian Anderson – The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Phil McLennan – The Prince’s Trust
  • Jill Parkinson – The Prince’s Trust
  • Lynda Barnes – Together Reducing Isolation Project
  • Sue Silvester – Together Reducing Isolation Project
  • Lesleigh Snook – Together Reducing Isolation Project

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