Volunteers praised for their hours of dedicated hard work

Voluntry Action Awards at the Shay Stadium, Halifax.
Voluntry Action Awards at the Shay Stadium, Halifax.

HEROIC volunteers from across Calderdale were recognised at this year’s Calderdale Volunteering awards.

A dozen awards were presented to individuals and groups who volunteer within the Voluntary and Community Sector in Calderdale.

They were organised by Voluntary Action Calderdale.

There were three nominations, shortlisted for each award. Each of the themes were chosen to link in with the European Year of Volunteering.

All the groups and individuals were put forward by members of the public.

Before the winners were announced, a short video was shown outlining the activities of those shortlisted.

The event was held at The Shay stadium.

Volunteering in Sport was awarded to Terry Colley.

The individual award for volunteering within homelessness and poverty was given to Jacqueline Manyika.

Julian Vikse was rewarded for environmental volunteering while Karen Daniels was recognised for her work with children and young people.

The award for health and social care was given to Katrina Green.

The group award for Environmental Volunteering was handed to Old Mill Grove Gardening club while the group award for Volunteering with children and young people was given to the Aiming High Young Volunteers at Pitstop 2000.

The Basement Project were handed their certificate for volunteering with Homelessness and Poverty.

The volunteers at Square Chapel Centre won the Culture and the Arts category in the Calderdale Volunteering Awards 2011.

A group of seven Square Chapel volunteers attended the event and picked up the award - Judith Appleton, Geoff Brown, Stephen Fearnley, Margaret Francis, Paddy Lang, Alison Millward and Teboho Monyane.

They were joined by Square Chapel’s Volunteer Coordinator, Rebekah Fozard.

She praised the volunteers for their dedication.

“Congratulations, well done and a very big thank you to all our volunteers for all their hard work, and for making Square Chapel the very special place that it is. It is great that they have been recognised for the amazing work they do for us,” she said.