GAVS’ 2012 Voluntary and Community Sector Awards were presented at our AGM on Thursday 11th October. The five winners each received a cheque for £150 and a certificate, presented by Paul Nehra from L&Q, and the Mayor of RB Greenwich.
POSITIVE IMPACT ON HEALTH AND WELL BEING
Winner: Blind Independence Greenwich
Blind Independence Greenwich was chosen due to its holistic and person-centred approach: providing support with everything from form filling to activities focused on the social and physical well being of their isolated clients.
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION BY AN INDIVIDUAL
Winner: Miriam Donaghy, Mind in Greenwich and Mums-Aid
Miriam has a deep passion & commitment for improving the lives of women with Postnatal Depression. Founder of the post natal depression service at Greenwich Mind set up 13 yrs ago, she secured funding earlier this year for a new organisation ‘Mums Aid’ which delivers support to women experiencing Postnatal Depression across four centres in the borough.
Winner: Abbey Wood Women’s Institute
By offering a range of community focused activities – such as emergency toiletry packs for women refugees, and knitting trauma teddies for young children receiving emergency services, Abbey Wood Women’s Institute enables local women aged mostly over 65 to socialise and feel they are contributing to society.
MOST EFFECTIVE VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTOR REPRESENTATIVE
Winner: Julie Raven – National Autistic Society (Greenwich Branch)
Julie works tirelessly to represent the sector and ensure it is represented by others. She has been a driving force behind the Voluntary Group for Special Needs; an umbrella organisation of local charities working with children with special needs and their families. Julie is meticulous in her administration of meetings and information sharing. She also provides great food at meetings!
POSITIVE IMPACT ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Winner: YMCA Thames Gateway
YMCA have been offering services to thousands of young people in one of the most deprived wards in the borough, over the last 30yrs; diverting them away from anti social behaviour and providing activities aimed at improving their general health and well-being. YMCA recently embarked on a new partnership which will deliver services to more Young People over the next 3 years.