In recognition of National Volunteers Week, we asked you to nominate worthy volunteers from around the area to receive recognition in our Hall of Fame.
As volunteers ourselves, working 24/7 to monitor and deliver B31 Voices, we know how dedicated volunteers can be.
Here are your nominations for some local volunteers who really make a difference in our communities!
These are just a few of the very many FANTASTIC volunteers throughout our corner of South West Birmingham. We’re sure every community says it but we’re certain that we are lucky to have THE best lot of volunteers in the land!
A massive THANK YOU to ALL who volunteer in our communities: whether you give up an hour of your time every now and then or devote your life to your volunteering work YOU all make a HUGE DIFFERENCE and make our communities better places to live – THANK YOU!
B31 Voices Volunteers Week Hall of Fame
Michael Bennett – West Heath Scouts
Nominated by Anonymous
Anon says: “Mike has been group scout leader for 35 years at 1st West Heath/ 81st Birmingham scouts. Within this time Mike has supported and created many for now 100’s of local people to be invested into scouting and partake in such activities they normally wouldn’t have chance to do with numerous successes of these young people completing their highest scout accolade the queen scouts award and his young people being selectied to represent the county at every international jamboree while he has ran the group Including two of his explorer scouts going to Japan later this year.
“When not taking children camping Mike is organising fundraising events within the local community such as table top sales and jumbles to name more recent events that some deprived families rely on to clothe their families.
“Mike also wears many other hats within the local and surrounding areas, he is chair at west Heath community centre and runs many courses for children and adults alike as well as maintaining the property.
“This year he is also chair for Kings Norton society which again support local projects financially and with members time.
“EVERYONE in West Heath knows Michael Bennett and the selfless approach to life he takes, I personally have a lot to thank him for and this would be a perfect recognition for all his hard work and dedication.”
Photo: Mike visiting No 10 Downing Street last year Source
Gemma Cartwright – Pride of Longbridge
Nominated by Emma Forsythe
Emma says: “Gemma gives tirelessly to this event year on year and tries to share the thanks with everyone no matter how little they have been able to contribute. She is a true community champion who deserves to be recognised.”
This year Gemma shared an award and tea with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham with volunteers from Pride of Longbridge. (See Bromsgrove Standard)
Photo courtesy Bromsgrove Standard
Donna Laundon (Longbridge) & Lin Reeves (Bartley Green) – The Animal House Rescue
Nominated by: Andrea Tomlin
Lin and Donna work tirelessly along with other volunteers, with The Animal House Rescue. We at B31 Voices always know who to turn to if we need help with a lost / found / injured animal!
Andrea says: “Lin and Donna are always available night and day to help save and reunite local stray dogs. Not unusual for them to be called on in the late hours to attend to a neglected animal. No is not in their dictionary.”
Photo: Lin Reeves – we think Donna is camera shy as we couldn’t find a photo of her in the public domain! ;)
Debbie Lawson – Brownies & Rainbows, St Stephens, Rednal
Nominated by Jude Dorsett
Jude says: “Debbie Lawson is the Brown Owl at our brownie pack and she also runs the Rainbows pack as well. She is also the Division Commander for the Northfield division. She is a fantastic person and frequently takes the brownies on camp holidays and gives up all her spare time to the association. She takes the girls away at weekends and never asks for any credit for the work she puts in and I think she deserves the credit of being on the Hall of Fame.”
Vicki says: “Zoe is very passionate about volunteering and she has really upped her volunteering time this year. Despite being in her final year at university and under so much pressure from her course, she still gives up her time to help struggling students in local special schools and as a mentor helping other students who are facing difficulties and hardships of any kind. Her work with students with special needs has had such a positive impact that some of the students are no longer needing the extra support to see them through as Zoe has helped them to overcome their difficulties. Zoe definitely deserves recognition for her volunteer work locally, regionally and nationally. Well done Zoe.”
THANK YOU! You’re all amazing :)