Valued volunteers praised at Pontefract picnic party


As a thank you to their volunteers for all their hard work and efforts, our Wakefield and 5 Towns Recovery College held a celebration picnic in Pontefract on Friday 14 July.

Volunteers from the recovery college, Live Well Wakefield, befriending service, the library and Fieldhead volunteer lounge came together to receive a certificate of thanks on the day for their volunteering contributions, with some other volunteers receiving special awards for their achievements.

Congratulations to our winning volunteers:

Best student feedback

  • Adam Taylor-Crossley (for feedback from one of his students at the Computers for Beginners course)
  • Richard Stubbs (for the feedback from evaluation forms from the understanding anxiety workshop)

Most student focussed volunteer (for going above and beyond for her students)

  • Cath Crane

Longest serving volunteer (all started at the same time)

  • Bev Thorne
  • Cynthia Binns
  • Jackie Craven

Greatest educational achievement

  • Ian Harris

Greatest personal development

  • Michelle Standage
  • Bryan Langford
  • Andrew Naylor

Overcoming obstacles

  • Steve Foster
  • Cathy Stead
  • David Leeson
  • Jon Bon Jovi

Most hours volunteered

  • Steven Tansley

Pioneering work

  • Nasreen Begum (for her work as the new BME ambassador, trying to get in to communities that we have struggled with previously)
  • Ella-Louise Woodhouse, Wren Binns and Cynthia Binns (for their transgender awareness workshop and raising awareness with younger people)

The “most determined” comic award – for persevering when everything was going wrong at her workshop, and still getting great evaluations from her students!

  • Claire Tatterton

The “Tommy Cooper” comic award – for the volunteer who always brings comedy to his workshops

  • Michael Nichol

The “Mr Chips” comic award – for the most catchphrases

  • Alan Scuffham

The afternoon saw a picnic lunch on offer, a tombola with prizes, a hook-a-duck with prizes, a guided walk around Pontefract Park, garden games, and the chance for volunteers to meet, socialise and share stories.

Take a look at some photos from the day:

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Valued volunteers praised at Pontefract picnic party

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