WINNER OF YOUNG VOLUNTEER UNDER 25 AWARD 2011
Turning his back on a life of drugs and crime, John has become an inspiration to local young people from similar backgrounds with similar problems to those he endured. He has achieved this status though extensive volunteering with SOVA (Supporting Others Through Volunteer Action), primarily mentoring offenders to get the most from their skills to increase their choices and achieve their aspirations. With a client list now running into the hundreds, John has developed his own social enterprise to focus on the specialist need of socially or economically disadvantaged youth. Called Project Destiny, John hopes his ambitious new enterprise will offer practical support and ultimately a drop in centre for young people in need.
WINNER OF VOLUNTEER AWARD 2011
A skilled craftsman and qualified electrician, Arthur is the in-house ‘Mr. Fixit’ for Kiveton Park and Wales Community Development Trust. He gives his time freely every day to help maintain the building and gardens of the Trust’s Old Colliery Offices HQ, support the Trust’s trading enterprise Kivo-ebiz by sourcing packaging materials and packing approximately 70 parcels weekly and delivering 3500 newsletters quarterly. Not bad when you consider Arthur is 84 years of age. He has also found time to build a beautiful gazebo in the Memorial Garden and restore the century old Honours Board at the local Primary School. Arthur’s energy, commitment and quiet enthusiasm are widely admired by Kiveton Park residents.
WINNER OF PROJECT AWARD 2011
Shiloh is a biblical term for ‘place of refuge’ and that is precisely what the Westgate based project offers – refuge and basic services to the homeless and disadvantaged. Shiloh’s ‘guests’ include addicts, women suffering from domestic violence, ex-offenders and refugees who are welcomed irrespective of lifestyle, religion or background. Three days each week, Shiloh offers food and hot drinks – typically serving 50 hot meals a day – as well as facilities for showering and washing clothes. It also supplies clothing, blankets and bedding and items of furniture for those being housed, who often have nothing. Fully volunteer run, Shiloh has been operating for the benefit of Rotherham’s neediest for almost 20 years.