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Community First volunteers work has estimated value to Wiltshire of £2m per year.

by | Oct 21, 2016 | News, Press Releases

Community First has over fifty years’ experience in supporting communities in Wiltshire. The organisation is supported by the vital work of volunteers – and has this week recognised the amazing accomplishments of the community volunteers and young people that it works with – via annual awards.

The organisation estimates that the work completed, by volunteers working with Community First or through the networks its supports has an estimated value of over £2million to Wiltshire, each year.

The awards, which are in their fifth year, were originally set up by Youth Action Wiltshire, the youth arm of Community First, to recognise the achievements of the young people and young carers that they work with. Community First has now extended the awards to celebrate the achievements of volunteers and community groups around Wiltshire.

Winners were presented with trophies and framed certificates at an award ceremony at Devizes Town Hall at 6pm on Wednesday, 12th October, by Mrs Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire.

Pictured L to R back: Ginnie Keen (Youth Action Wiltshire volunteer fundraiser), Andy Devey, Alex Flinders (Aldbourne Youth Council), James Ballard, David Wilson (The Brunel Shed), Rhys Stevens, Geoff Holstead (Selwyn Hall), Caspar Helmer, Chris Morgan, Linda Curtis and Ron Young of Ramsbury Community Transport.

L to R front: Doreen Drew, Rosie Grant-Wilson and Charlotte Wilson of Nexus Project, Alfie-Lee Hughes (Winner of Young Carer under 12 award), Katie Heather, Zoe Radford and Kerry McKenzie (Winner of Young Carer over 12 award). 

Each of the award winners are special and deserving of recognition, in many varied ways. From ‘Young Carers’ – who care for family members from a young age, and young people taking part in Community First’s youth programmes – to those volunteers who give their time for community causes.

Lynn Gibson, Community First Chief Executive says: “The adult volunteers that we are recognising via these awards are the lifeblood of the community groups that they serve. Without their skills, time, energy and enthusiasm, crucial support such as LINK Schemes and Community Transport would be unable to run. Our organisation is supported by over 200 volunteers in direct delivery of our services. Over 4,800 work within other organisations that we support. This has an estimated value to Wiltshire of over £2 million each year.

We are proud of the support that we provide to young people in Wiltshire via our Splash and Youth Action Wiltshire programmes. Those young people whose achievements we celebrate in our awards this year have all been truly outstanding in their resilience.”


Notes to Editors:

Below is a full list of the awards presented by Mrs Sarah Troughton.

Community First Awards presented on 12th October 2016:

Young Carer’s achievement award – Under 12 years old:

Winner: Alfie-Lee Hughes.

Young Carer’s achievement award – Over 12 years old:

Winner: Kerry McKenzie.

Most Innovative Community Transport Group:

Winner: Ramsbury Community Transport CIO.

Community Project funded through the Landfill Communities Fund Programme:

Winner: Geoffrey Holstead – Selwyn Hall

Most Innovative Community run project or service:

Winner: The Brunel Shed.

Phoenix Trophy:

Winner: Nexus.

National Citizen Service – Special award 1:

Winner: Katie Heather

National Citizen Service – Special award 2:

Winner: James Ballard

President’ Cup:

Winner: Aldbourne Youth Council

Robbie’s Endeavour Trophy:

Winner: Zoe Radford

Project Inspire Achievement Award:

Winner: Rhys Stevens

Splash Achievement Award:

Winner: Anastasia Demytruk

The Arthur Laflin Volunteer Award:

Winner: Doreen Drew


Media contact:

For more information about Community First and its aims, please contact: Lynn Gibson, Chief Executive: 01380 732811 or Kate Morris, Communications Co-ordinator, tel: 01380 732805 or Mobile: 07769 711259.

Background to Community First

Community First is a registered charity and a private company limited by guarantee. With the aim of strengthening communities, encouraging enterprise and tackling disadvantage across Wiltshire and Swindon, it provides technical advice, practical support and grant aid to promote local initiatives. Community First also manages countywide programmes bringing benefits to local people, informing and influencing policy makers in the development of rural policies and practices.

Community First is at Unit C2, Beacon Business Centre, Hopton Park, Devizes, SN10 2EY; telephone 01380 722475.

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