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This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers Week. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for the wonderful job they do supporting Lancashire's people and communities.
On 11 June 2014 we will be hosting "Lancashire's Big Thank You" in partnership with Volunteer Lancashire. Organisations/services got the change to nominate their volunteers for an award - shortlisted volunteers are being invited along to County Hall - winners will be announced on the night. More details to follow after the event...
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is celebrating the contributions students and young people throughout the county make to the local community at a special awards ceremony in May 2014.
Preston’s 53 Degrees will host the UCLan Volunteering and Community Leadership Awards which honours the work of people from all walks of life who give up their own free time to make a difference to communities across Lancashire through their commitment, skills and time. We are pleased to announce that two of our volunteers have won an award
Natalie Jacques - WINNER - Volunteer Lancashire Young Volunteer Award 2014
Daniel Antohi - WINNER - Community Development Award 2014
A massive congratulations to both. They will be presented this evening 9 May 2014 with their awards at Uclan.
Dr Alethea Melling MBE, Director of the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, said: “The awards are a great opportunity for us to recognise and reward our students across the university and young people throughout the county who work tirelessly to make positive changes in the World through volunteering and community action. All of our awardees and nominees are an inspiration to all, a credit to themselves, the university and the communities they serve.”
Lancashire Archives have been around since 1940 and for the last 25 years have been using the skills and experiences of volunteers. On Saturday 18 May 2013 Lancashire Archives celebrated it's 25th Anniversary of using volunteers. This was a great opportunity for them to say a big thank you to all it's volunteers. A great time was had by all.
One particular volunteer Arthur has been with the Record Office since Day 1 - what an achievement!!
On Friday evening Uclan had their volunteering awards and it was a great privilege to present the winners with a plaque. We had lots of nominations and one of the winners was Rea Dicks who volunteers at the Youth Offending Team.
We are still awaiting photos.
Well Done Rea - any success for Lancashire County Council Volunteers.
We hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
In the run up to the festive period we took part in 'Lancashire Sings Christmas 2012' - a BBC Radio Lancashire and Churches Together initiative to raise awareness of volunteering in Lancashire, especially carer support volunteering.
The choir was called Voices for Volunteers - caring isn't just for Christmas and took place at The Black Horse Pub in Preston on 20 December.
The event was very well attended by carers, people who are cared for and volunteers. Senior Volunteer Service Officer, Veronica Redmond also featured live on BBC Radio Lancashire.
What's more the Voices for Volunteers Choir featured in a panoramic picture taken on the night, as part of the Preston Guild celebrations. This will be unveiled for exhibition in February.
We are very pleased to announce the Hazel Savage won the County Corporate Volunteer Award 2012. Over the years, in spite of her own disability Hazel has shown amazing reliability and commitment, never letting anyone down and always willing to take on new challenges. A lovely person, always cheerful and positive and held in high regard by all, a great ambassador for LCC Volunteer ServicesThe
Unfortunately Elizabeth was unable to attend the event so Janet Lawrence attended on her behalf, the above picture is Elizabeth winning the area final.
The Runners up for this event were:-
Laurie Cook - Central Lancashire
Laurie has made an incredible difference to all the clients he has supported. Emma Fletcher-Jones who nominated our winner states that "Laurie is a through and through professional and an ambassador for LCC volunteering."
Emma Hamlen - East Lancashire
Emma has been supporting a young boy since his move to secondary school. She has seen the young boy almost every week even though she works full time. She has taken him on local outings to the park, specific practice walks to and from school and initially took him to a local youth theatre group which resulted him in taking part in a small play. "Thanks to Emma's commitment he has now settled into school and has excellent attendance, thanks to the dedication and commitment of Emma."
On behalf of Lancashire County Council we would like to congratulate not only Elizabeth, Laurie and Emma but also the many hundreds of volunteers that support the authority's services.
Longridge Young People Service celebrated National Volunteers Week by celebrating with 50 Young Volunteers. The young people were recognised for their commitment to volunteering in their local community.
On Thursday 26 May 2011 Lancashire County Council Volunteers got the chance to see firsthand what happens at the Annual Full Council Meeting. The meeting was held at the Council Chambers in Preston and gave volunteers the chance to find out more about the political workings of the authority and hear from the Cabinet member for Young People CC Mark Perks. This visit allowed volunteers to increase their knowledge of Lancashire County Council and see it from a new perspective, it also promoted engagement with democratic processes.