August 30, 2018

volunteer awards

Runnymede and Spelthorne Volunteer Awards 2018

The Runnymede and Spelthorne Volunteer Awards were hosted at the Royal Holloway University London working in partnership with Royal Holloway Community Action, Runnymede Borough Council and Spelthorne Borough Council.  Over 100 individuals received nominations in recognition of their amazing contribution to the community over the past year with several categories having joint winners.

With partner Enterprise Holdings supporting this year’s event, Ed Spitzer, Vice President, Remarketing, spoke of the company’s programme of volunteering and its local impact in the Runnymede community. Voluntary Support North Surrey were delighted that  Enterprise Holdings were sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement for Volunteering Award which proved to be one of the hardest categories to judge.

This year the judging panel included The Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Dolsie Clarke, The Mayor of Spelthorne, Councillor Jean Pinkerton OBE, Amy Antcliffe, Events Specialist Enterprise Holdings, Karen Ancell, Trustee of Voluntary Support North Surrey and Phil Simcock Royal Holloway Community Action Manager .  They spent many hours considering all the nominations before deciding on the eventual winners of each category.

The Mayor of Runnymede and the Mayor of Spelthorne presented the awards and certificates of recognition, including:

Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award:

Christine Davenport for her work with Girlguiding Ashford

Inspirational Volunteer Award:

Raymond Blowers for his work with The Penrose Club, Midas Plus and many others

Individual Volunteer Achievement Award:

Sarah Crotty for her work with the Petersons Fund for Children

Ann Rogers for her work with Ashford & St Peters Hospital

Supporting Individuals in Need Award:

Eileen Jackson CBE for her work with the Senior Citizens of Runnymede

Claire Nimmo for her work with ADHS Parents Support group

Long Service Award:

Nerys James for her work with Cruse Bereavement Care, Surrey North Area

Young Volunteer Award:

John Hart for his work with the Riverside Arts Centre

Best Volunteer Team Award: 

Forest Estate Community Hub

New Engagement in the Community Award:

Purple Angels Buddies Spelthorne Dementia Support


Active Lifestyle Award:

Leon Turner for his work with the Manorcroft United JFC

Family Award:

Peter & Julia Williams for their work with the Ottershaw Village Hall

A huge thank you from Voluntary Support North Surrey for everyone that made or received a nomination this year and many thanks to those of you that came along on 29th May to support the Awards Ceremony and make the night a success.


Brush up your skills for Autumn with VSNS training

Available time and access to affordable training has always been a problem for the voluntary sector. According to a survey by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), lack of skills in small charities cause an increased workload and poor productivity.

More than half of small charities said they had a noticeable skills gaps within their organisation and the areas identified as having the poorest performance ratings include: fundraising, engaging and working with businesses, use of IT and social media.

The impact of the skills gaps is an increased workload for colleagues, increased time to deliver work and decreased the ability to take on new work.

We are committed to improving the skills of voluntary organisations in North Surrey, to give groups the tools to carry out their work and help our community. Please take advantage of our autumn training courses on offer:

Surrey Community Foundation Fundraising Workshop, Wed 5th September – 10 am until 12 noon, VSNS Chertsey office, 6 The Sainsbury Centre, Chertsey KT16 9AG

Employment Law and HR Top Tips – Trustee Network Event, Mon 17th September – 10.30am to 12.30pm, Enterprise Rent a Car in Egham.

Recruitment of Volunteers, Tues 18th September – 10 am to 1.30 pm, VSNS Spelthorne office, First Floor, Staines Library, Friends Walk Staines TW18 4PG

Grant Application Writing Training, Wednesday 26th September – 10 am to 3 pm, VSNS Chertsey office, 6 The Sainsbury Centre, Chertsey KT16 9AG

Digital Fundraising Training, Wed 17th October – 10 am until 3 pm, VSNS Spelthorne office, First Floor, Staines Library, Friends Walk Staines TW18 4PG

Retaining and Motivating Volunteers, Thurs 25th October  – 9.30 am to 1 pm, VSNS Runnymede office, 6, The Sainsbury Centre, Chertsey KT16 9AG

Emergency First Aid at Work, Tues 30th October – from 9.30 am to 4 pm, VSNS Chertsey office, 6 The Sainsbury Centre, Chertsey KT19 6AG).  The course will lead to an ‘Emergency in First Aid at Work’ certificate.

Volunteering and the Law, Thurs 15th November  – 10 am to 1 pm, Camberley Library,  Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3SY

Introduction to Legacy Fundraising, Tues 20th November – 9:30 am to 1 pm, VSNS Chertsey office, 6 The Sainsbury Centre, Chertsey KT16 9AG

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