Residents celebrated at Chairman's Community And Volunteering Awards 2018

Years of commitment, selflessness and enthusiasm from local residents were recognised at South Bucks District Council's Community and Volunteering Awards on Friday evening (13/4).

Twelve volunteers, who do everything from running youth clubs to litter picking, were celebrated at a special event hosted by SBDC Chairman Cllr. Wendy Matthews.

The award winners were treated to afternoon tea, supplied by local catering company Food Etc., and were presented with a 12 month membership pass provided by our sponsors, Better GLL, and a trophy.

Local residents Mike Kennedy and Graham Young, who set up the Iver Good Neighbour Scheme in 2017, were the winners of the Chairman's Special Award.

The Iver Good Neighbour Scheme is a community car service with volunteer drivers who provide transportation to elderly and disabled residents for doctor and hospital appointments.

Already the scheme has 74 registered clients and more than 100 journeys have been completed. 

Chairman Cllr Wendy Matthews said: "The Iver Good Neighbour Scheme offers a much-needed service to the local community, helping elderly residents get to important health appointments as well as preventing social isolation. It was through our award-winners' passion and leadership to take the idea forward that the scheme got off the ground and is now starting to flourish."

The other winners were;

Pauline Kaley, who uses her stables in Dorney to look after rescue horses and ponies. On top of this she teaches local children how to take care of animals and provides a drop-in centre at the stables for older people to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat;

Andrew Thomas, who regularly carries out community tidy-ups, litter picks and cleaning initiatives to keep Iver clean and tidy;

Matthew Ash, who runs a volunteer choir in Burnham, which has 150 members who sing for free to raise money for charity;

Jane Meer, who produces magical costumes and stage sets for Friendly Bombs Theatre Company, a voluntary organisation which provides theatre activities for disabled members of the community;

Leigh Kelly and Kian Harvey, who volunteer at a youth club in Beaconsfield every Friday evening;

Wendy Strathdee, who has been producing newsletters for her local area for more than 20 years;

Saera Carter, who keeps Stoke Poges looking lovely with bulb planting, litter picks, flower boxes and festive decorations;

Deborah Sanders for her extensive voluntary work in Beaconsfield;

Geoff Spring, who founded and runs the George Green Social Library and;

Keith Mounteney, who has spent more than 30 years helping to make Delaford Colts FC a thriving football club.

There's no doubt that their efforts make a huge difference to the lives of so many people in South Buckinghamshire.

Chairman Cllr. Wendy Matthews said: "Volunteering is the beating heart of our communities and the work you all do is completely priceless. I can't thank you enough."