Hands Of Change wins community group award
Chairman of Somerset County Council has recognised the work of a
Burnham-On-Sea community group at an annual award ceremony.
County Council Chairman Councillor William Wallace has presented
awards to over 35 individuals and groups across the County, including
Burnham and Highbridge Hands Of Change.
Cllr Wallace, pictured, said: "A huge well done to everyone
who received recognition for all they have achieved during this
years Chairmans Award ceremony. It was a night of celebration,
recognition and thanks, with over 120 people present. I was delighted
to meet everyone and pass on my thanks in person for all they do
in their community and beyond."
of Change is a small group of friends wanting to do some good in
Burnham and Highbridge. Just over a year after launching, Hands
of Change now has over 800 social media members who set up and run
a whole range of activities throughout the community.
are good at spotting gaps in provision and filling them, whether
that be for people with autism, mental health problems or elderly
and isolated people.
a fortnightly tea party for elderly and isolated people, to a monthly
craft session for people with mental health issues, and a fortnightly
drop-in for anyone at all.
became winners of the Sedgemoor district Star Award during National
Volunteers Week in June earlier this year, pictured, which
recognises volunteers dedication, hard work and commitment.
of Change were then put forward with other district winners to claim
the Chairmans County Star Volunteer Award.
Ballinger, Community Agent for Burnham & Highbridge, said: "I
nominated Hands of Change for the Sedgemoor award which they won
a couple of months ago. The district winners went forward to the
Of Change do so much good work in the community, a lot of which
goes unseen. It is a truly inspirational group with brilliant volunteers
who are passionate about their community. It's great to see this
hard work rewarded."
Kay Barrett told Burnham-on-Sea.com: "We are very excited to
have received this award we would like to say a huge thank you to
Steve Ballinger for believing in us from the start and nominating
us for this award."
were over the moon when in the summer we got our first award and
so to get the overall volunteers award for the whole of Somerset
added: "We have some fantastic volunteers who are all very
deserving of this award, from the people who help out at the Go
Socialize group to our drop in and now the new Burnham Board Games
mornings and Lidl, Greggs food runs to the people who give support
in the community."
volunteers are all stars giving their unwanted items to people in
need, and donating clothes toiletries and unused medication to charities
further afield like Taunton Open Door and Taunton RAFT."
have made amazing contacts through the things we do and as well
as Cheddar Hands Of Change who we work closely with, we now have
a Bridgwater Hands Of Change up and running."