Awards night aims to recognise volunteers’ efforts

dging panel will be shortlisting the winners and runners up for the CVS volunteer awards for South Tyneside. Front, from left, Margaret Beard, Ian Carr and Shabana Bibi. Back from left, Lisa Nightingale, Bill Scott, Surjah Hunter and Pat Morris.
dging panel will be shortlisting the winners and runners up for the CVS volunteer awards for South Tyneside. Front, from left, Margaret Beard, Ian Carr and Shabana Bibi. Back from left, Lisa Nightingale, Bill Scott, Surjah Hunter and Pat Morris.
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An awards night aims to recognise volunteers helping to make life better for South Tyneside residents.

The Council for Voluntary Service South Tyneside was inundated with nominations after calling for people to put forward those they think are worthy of recognition.

Now, after judges got round the table, the winners and runners up have now been chosen.

They, along with those nominated will be invited to an awards evening where those who have been chosen for the top prize will be officially announced.

The judges include CVS workers Ian Carr and Shabana Bibi, Mental Health Matters worker Bill Scott, Surjah Hunter from Apna Ghar, Trustee of CVS Pat Morris, Margaret Beard, member of HealthNet and Shields Gazette reporter Lisa Nightingale.

The four categories winners and runners up were chosen from include: Thriving Communities; Improving Health and Wellbeing; Inspiring Young People and Volunteer of the year.

Volunteer co-ordinator at the CVS, Mr Carr, said the decision by the judges was very difficult.

He said: “The judges were all in agreement that the decision was a really difficult one.

“Every entry which was submitted was a worthy winner.

“There is so much time given by volunteers to helping to improve people’s lives in South Tyneside and making such a difference to our community.

“Last year was the first time we held this event and this year we have had more entries, so hopefully each year we hold it, it will grow.

“It really is about recognising those who volunteer their time often and to thank them for all their hard work.”

The date and venue for the awards night will be confirmed at a later date.

CVS, based in Beach Road, South Shields, provides a range of support for voluntary organisations and community groups in South Tyneside.

To contact CVS call 456 9551.