Volunteers feel good after awards ceremony

From front left, Dave Scott, Scott Mallabar and David Wells with, from back left, volunteer activator Emily Hunter and Gemma Ptak, Hartlepool Council's sport and physical activity manager.
From front left, Dave Scott, Scott Mallabar and David Wells with, from back left, volunteer activator Emily Hunter and Gemma Ptak, Hartlepool Council's sport and physical activity manager.

Dedicated volunteers working for Hartlepool Borough Council’s Sport and Recreation Service have been honoured at an awards ceremony.

The Feel Good in Hartlepool Volunteer Awards were held at Brierton Sports Centre to highlight the volunteers’ vital roles and reward them for their commitment.

Volunteer of the Year went to Dave Scott, a volunteer walk leader who recently notched up 1,000 hours of volunteering.

The Most Improved Volunteer was David Wells, who volunteered his time at a range of sports sessions – including football sessions at Mill House Leisure Centre – while studying at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road.

Volunteer Mentor of the Year was Scott Mallabar, who runs disability sessions for the council on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday despite having a full-time job at Springwell School.

The Feel Good in Hartlepool project is a three-year project that is receiving Community Sports Activation Funding from Sport England, with the aim of getting more people in Hartlepool active.

A key element of the project is to recruit and train volunteers and offer them placements to support and sustain the delivery of the Feel Good in Hartlepool programme, wider Sport and Recreation services and community events.

Volunteer activator Emily Hunter said: “Volunteers are the backbone of our service and these awards are our way of saying thank you to everyone who so generously gives up time.

“They also enable us to recognise the role of the coaches who provide vital ongoing support to our volunteers.”