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Congratulations to the winners of the ESCVS’s Star Volunteer Awards 2015

Congratulations to all the winners and other highly commended bodies of the Star Volunteer Awards 2015 which took place on at Ashfield House, Ashby Road, Burton upon Trent during the evening of Friday 6th March 2015.

Astle Paterson had the privilege of sponsoring the Volunteer Team of the Year award at the Star Volunteer Awards 2015 – which is put on by East Staffordshire Community & Voluntary Service (ESCVS) based at Union Street, Burton upon Trent (being the Council for Voluntary Service covering the East Staffordshire district.)

Volunteers give up their time with no expectation of reward but the Star Volunteer Awards 2015 was a chance to recognise their contribution.

The event, which was hosted by Andrew Griffiths MP, was a great success and Astle Paterson were pleased to present the award for Volunteer Team of the Year 2015 to Age UK Burton.

Age UK Burton are dedicated to supporting and assisting older people in East Staffordshire.  Without their volunteers, the organisation would struggle to provide the vital one-to-one contact and social interaction through their lunch club, drop-in service, outings and activities, monthly newsletter ‘Natter’ and Information and Advice service.

Two other voluntary bodies were also honoured and received ‘Highly Commended’ awards for their efforts and dedication as Volunteer Teams – Changes Health and Wellbeing & Chaplaincy Visitors at Spiritual Services Queen’s Hospital, Burton.

Changes Health and Wellbeing has been together for about 18 months and aim to promote recovery and mental wellbeing by providing an opportunity for those suffering from mental distress to move from isolation, withdrawal and dependency to becoming active and contributing members of their immediate and wider community.

Chaplaincy Visitors at Spiritual Services Queen’s Hospital, Burton provides pastoral care and spiritual support for patients, relatives and staff at Queen’s Hospital, Burton.  They are an integral part of the hospital and represent a variety of different faith groups including Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and Humanist.   It is greatly valued and makes a vital contribution to the holistic care.

Martin Astle and Jean Paterson attended the award ceremony on behalf of Astle Paterson.   Following the ceremony Martin Astle said “Being part of the community for such a long time, we were still greatly impressed by the level of volunteering that the members of the Burton upon Trent and wider East Staffordshire area undertake.

We hope to continue to support events such as the Star Volunteer Awards to ensure the people who are giving up their time to help others receive the recognition that they deserve.

Well done to all who were nominated and congratulations to all of the winners.”

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