2015 marked the fifth annual celebration of volunteering and community activity in South Staffordshire. The event, organised in partnership with Staffordshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS), took place at Trinity Church, Histons Hill, Codsall on 4th July 2015.
The purpose of the event was to showcase and celebrate the variety and availability of voluntary activity within the district of South Staffordshire but more so to award volunteers for the dedication and difference they make to communities within the area.
The event consisted of a range of exhibitors from grass roots local groups to larger organisations with a focus in South Staffordshire, and it was officially opened by Gavin Williamson MP at 10am. During the event a range of participatory activities were available including sports with a taste of short mat bowling borrowed from Shareshill Bowling Club – manned by Brewood Bowling Club, and table tennis provided by Cheslyn Hay Table Tennis club. Entertainment consisted of a stage choir performance of singing provided by BATS (Bednall, Acton Trussell and Teddesley Hay Singers) accompanied by regular renditions from Staffs Corp of Drums. In addition participants were offered the option to join in workshops delivered by the Fire Service, Age UK Cook and Eat, and the Alzheimers Society. Whilst outside the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service fire engine was available for inspection.
Following lunch, the presentation of awards and certificates commenced. Firstly volunteer certificates were presented to 68 volunteers nominated by SSCVA member organisations attending the event to receive a special certificate in recognition of their hard work and commitment.
Secondly Gavin Williamson certificates were presented to 20 nominees and the prestigious Gavin Williamson Award was presented to Karl Owen who was nominated by Halfpenny Green Air Scouts for his tremendous efforts in transforming the club with 18 members in 2010 to a membership of just less than 100 people over 4 years. His leadership and drive to improve the standards of the hut and transform the group into one of the biggest scouting groups in the district is deserving of the award.
The SCVYS Young Volunteer Awards were presented to two deserving young people – Jamie Ward and George Lunt. Finally, the SSCVA Volunteer Certificates were presented to 10 volunteers of SSCVA who have dedicated their time to make a difference to the aims of the organisation.