Volunteers and members honoured at ceremonyNAViGO Admin
On Thursday 6 June 2019, we hosted our first Volunteers and Members Awards at McMenemy’s Function Suite.
The night brought together more than 80 NAViGO staff, volunteers and members to acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary contribution that volunteers make to mental health services in North East Lincolnshire.
We received nominations for dozens of our amazing volunteers and it was clear our judges had an extremely difficult job.
Joseph Parfrement-Parkes, Café Blue Supervisor and magnificent compère for the evening, opened the ceremony by warmly welcoming guests and emphasising how important it is to recognise those who give their time for free.
Kelly Moore, NAViGO Volunteer Coordinator and event organiser said: “Our volunteers and members make a difference in so many ways.
“This evening is about celebrating their achievements, whilst saying ‘thank you’ for the ways they help us to improve and provide services we would be happy for our own families to use.”
You can see photos from the night on our Facebook page.
Volunteers and Members Awards categories and winners
Administrator Volunteer Award – Gary Suiter
Always eager to welcome and help people coming into reception, Gary may be quiet and unassuming but he is efficient and very helpful.
Employability Volunteer Award – Charlotte Dale
Charlotte was a dedicated Tukes member before becoming an employability placement volunteer on Konar Suite. She is a dedicated lady who has a lot of experience and knowledge to offer to her placement. Her nursing background shines through in her caring, kind manner.
Catering Volunteer Award – Peter Willey
A long-standing member with a legendary sense of humour, terrible jokes and impressions, Peter volunteers his time four days a week in the catering department and enjoys making his signature dish of Bakewell tart. His contribution is valued – although he never asks for recognition.
CEO Volunteer Award – Trudy Germaney
A volunteer for over three years now, Trudy is a dance teacher and carer for a family member with dementia. She is one of the founding members of the dementia carers coffee morning. It was felt she deserved recognition for dedication to groups, service users and carers.
Community Groups Volunteer Award – Rebecca Witte
Rebecca’s journey has allowed staff to learn and develop. She supports the service and team to ensure they provide a fully holistic service and they say they would not be able to do this without her.
Student Volunteer Award – Chloe Taylor
Chloe’s dissertation focus groups exploring coping strategies for carers of those with dementia kick-started the formation of the dementia carers coffee morning. This work has been used as evidence towards funding bids and is truly a credit to her work. Incidentally she got a first for this.
Horticulture Volunteer Award – Morgan Robinson
Morgan took it upon himself to complete the level two horticulture course and other courses in order to gain employment in the future. He supports and encourages others to participate in gardening activities. He has adapted, becoming comfortable in crowds and is a dedicated hard worker. Those who work with him say his confidence has grown rapidly.
Older People’s Services Volunteer Award – Trudy Germaney
You are always greeted with a smile when Trudy is around. She always asks how you are feeling. Those she supports have said they feel don’t alone when in her company.
Education Volunteer Award – Marion Candy
Marion makes people feel very welcome. She gives up most of her time to support Barry in the Tukes Education Hub. Nothing is too much trouble for her, and she always goes beyond what is expected – with a smile on her face.
Domestics Volunteer Award – Carl Rytting
Everyone would like to say a huge thank you to Carl for brightening their day. He is always so kind and welcoming. Despite always working hard, he never forgets to ask everyone how they are, brightening the day wherever he is.
NAViGO Member Representatives Special Awards – Alison Ward
Judges added a special award to the evening line up to recognise the achievements of one particular nominee – Alison Ward. The judges felt Alison deserved rewarding for her achievements and progress. Her journey with NAViGO began by accessing services and building her confidence by socialising at groups. Over time, building on this confidence, she joined the volunteering programme supporting the groups she once attended, as well as furthering her education to receive well-deserved qualifications.
Young Peoples Volunteer Award – Courtney Peet
Courtney has been volunteering for Nexus Youth Forum and helped develop the social media accounts, creating events and providing support. No task is too much trouble and the team would struggle to develop Nexus without her. She has grown in confidence so much since joining the volunteering programme that she now leads activities and plans events.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.
We have multiple volunteers and members opportunities throughout NAViGO services. If you have more questions, you can book a one-to-one with Kelly Moore, Volunteer Co-ordinator or Tukes employment and training team.
(Award winners photo, L-R) Trudy Germaney, Courtney Peet, Marion Candy, Gary Suiter, Peter Willey, Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Moore, Chief Executive Jane Lewington, Charlotte Dale, Rebecca Witte, Chloe Taylor, Nikki Cadman, Tina Harrison, Carl Rytting