Community heroes honoured at awards evening
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The annual Chair’s Community Awards recognise the outstanding contribution South Gloucestershire residents make to their local communities. These people give up their time freely to help others and bring our communities together, and were rewarded for their efforts at a special ceremony attended by the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Janet Biggin, along with Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and Sara-Jane Watkins, Vice Principal of South Gloucestershire & Stroud College.
Throughout the evening award winners from a wide variety of backgrounds were presented with their certificates by Cllr Janet Biggin and Sara-Jane Watkins. The final round was the Special Young Volunteers Award, which saw Dame Janet Trotter present the Lord Lieutenant’s Special Award of £100 to Daniel Peacock for his valued services to disabled sports and young people in South Gloucestershire.
Daniel volunteers his time to support disabled people in a range of activities at Yate and Kingswood Leisure Centres, and also volunteers at Little Stoke Youth Club. He additionally coaches the inclusive sport Boccia at Kingswood Leisure Centre, and his hard work has resulted in 3 participants being selected for next year’s Special Olympics.
Daniel said: “It is great to be recognised for my volunteering with this award, as I really enjoy being involved with Boccia and coaching at Kingswood Leisure Centre.”
Cllr Janet Biggin, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Winners from each category have achieved a great deal for their local communities, and without their hard work community life in South Gloucestershire would be much poorer. I have been amazed by the incredible commitment shown by all of the volunteers. Their hard work makes a significant contribution to the quality of life of so many people within our community.”
She added: “I was also delighted to see so many young volunteers receive awards again this year.”
Sara-Jane Watkins said: "South Gloucestershire & Stroud College is delighted to support the Chair’s Community Awards. The evening was a humbling experience and an inspiration to us all. The foundation of South Gloucestershire is built by those that commit countless hours to their community. It is important to acknowledge the hard work undertaken selflessly by so many people."
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