Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards recognised brilliance in volunteering

On Thursday 15th June, a warm and breezy evening, the Merton Partnership held its annual Volunteer Awards at Chak89 in Mitcham. This was a positive and lively event, which recognised and acknowledged the invaluable contribution of volunteers in the borough.

The evening began with a selection of young Merton Police Cadets greeting the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Marsie Skeete and 20 local organisations promoting volunteering opportunities at the Volunteer’s Fair. Volunteering can be done for as little as an hour a week, and it is clear from the awards ceremony last week that the impacts of it are far-reaching. Visit www.volunteermerton.org.uk if you would like to give your time.

Sarah Hannigan, Head of Volunteering at MVSC requested a minute silence for the victims of the recent Grenfell Housing tragedy. She mentioned how, in face of such unexpected events which brought communities together, it was “fantastic to be able to come together this evening to celebrate the wonderful things people are doing day in, day out, to help others and benefit their community in Merton.” She mentioned how this year was another challenge for the judges to choose between nominees, as all were strong contenders.

After much deliberation and having made a thorough short-listing, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards:

  • Volunteer Team of The Year: Leadership Team of Muslim Women of Merton
  • Volunteer-Involving Organisation of the Year: The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Water Parish
  • Employee Volunteering of the Year: Dickie Wilkinson, Freelance Creative Marketeer
  • Volunteer Manager of the Year: Jacqui Sims, Metropolitan Police
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Community: Julian Hardwick (Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra), Mick Taylor (Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre), David Williams (Endeavour Youth Club), and Emma McVey (South West London Law Centres)
  • Merton Young Volunteer of the Year: Catarina Tanganhito, YMCA South West London
  • Merton Volunteer of the Year: Lynette Archer-Morgan, London Heritage and Local Studies

We are very proud of everyone who gives their time to helping others in their local community, and are delighted to host this awards ceremony to show appreciation of such selfless service.

We also shared in the wonderful achievement of 2 Merton organisations, Christian Care and Commonside Community Development Trust, who have been awarded the prestigious Queen's Voluntary Award 2017. The award is the MBE for volunteering organisations and recognises excellence in every aspect of volunteering. 

If this has inspired you to discover how you might start volunteering in Merton, or if you wish to know more about the next Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards, please contact Sarah Hannigan on 020 8685 1771 or sarah@mvsc.co.uk.

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Contributor: Sukaina Juma, MVSC Volunteer