Hands Of Change group receives community award
Burnham-On-Sea community group has won a top volunteer award during
National Volunteers Week to recognise the time and commitment
it gives to the local area.
organisations and members of the public across Somerset were asked
in February to nominate Somerset Star volunteers who
deserve special recognition for the voluntary work they do.
70 STAR volunteer nominations were received from across the county
and each nominee was invited to attend special district events during
National Volunteers Week. From each of the five districts,
one volunteer was crowned the district winner by local voluntary
organisations Engage and Spark.
of Change won the Sedgemoor district award. It started in January
2016 as a small group of friends wanting to do some good in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge. Just over a year later, they now have 538 members.
work on the basis that a little kindness can go a long way. Hands
of Change have organised and run a wide range of activities in the
community, including a fortnightly tea party for elderly and isolated
people, a monthly craft session for people with mental health issues,
a fortnightly social group for people with aspergers and autism,
and a fortnightly drop-in for anyone at all. They also ran a Christmas
party for isolated and elderly people in partnership with a local
have a childrens group that recently helped restore a sensory
garden at a local community centre, and they have a regular walking
have also collected clothing for a homeless person and arranged
with a local restaurant for a pay it forward tree, where
diners can leave a donation on the tree, so someone who is homeless
can go and have a free meal.
of Change spokeswoman thanked everyone who voted and gave an update
on its latest project to help a local homeless man which we recently
go to the generosity of everyone who donated items, which includes
a lady from Oxford who used to visit Burnham for her holidays as
a child. The homeless person, Matthew, is now in a local B&B."
is grateful to have a safe, comfortable bed as well as things we
would take for granted, like being able to make himself a cup of
volunteers have been supporting him by working on his CV, providing
food and smart clothes for potential interviews. They are hoping
that this will give him the best opportunity possible to improve
welcome new volunteers to help us in the community. If you are interested
we can be found on facebook or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: We
are very proud of all our Somerset volunteers who tirelessly give
up some of their spare time to help others. Volunteers do so much
to help others and this is a chance to recognise the fantastic work
they do. A huge well done to all those who were nominated and particularly
to those who were crowned district champions last week. The Countys
ultimate Star Volunteer winner will be announced at the Chairmans
Awards in the autumn."