Awards recognise good neighbours
Friday, 22 March 2013
The Good Neighbour Award Scheme recognised people from across Hampshire who have made a difference in their community with a special ceremony in The Great Hall, Winchester on 21 March 2013.
"He is an all-round do-gooder"
"She is such an angel and is always there for me"
"She is one in a million"
These were just a few of the many warm and sincere testimonies from nominations for this year's awards which paid tribute to the crucial support and community spirit of friends, neighbours and community groups across Hampshire.
The Hampshire County Council Good Neighbour Award Scheme, now in its ninth year, publicly recognises and rewards volunteers and neighbours who help older people in their communities to live independently in their own homes for longer. The many acts of kindness that were celebrated in the awards ceremony included daily support and practical help such as transport to appointments, small tasks around the house, translating and interpreting for others, shopping, cooking, time to chat, and help during the night.
More than 60 nominees attended the evening, which was hosted by Councillor Ken Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council who presented the awards.
Councillor Thornber said: "I applaud every nominee, each of whom has made an invaluable contribution to their communities and made such a huge difference to the lives of their neighbours. All too often good deeds go unnoticed and that is why I am delighted to be involved with the Good Neighbour Awards. Everyone involved has been exceptional in what they have done for older people in their community. I am always very encouraged when I see that community spirit and community resourcefulness is flourishing like this in Hampshire."
The awards were created by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Age Concern Hampshire, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, the Good Neighbours Support Service and the WRVS.
For more information about volunteering opportunities with any of the partner organisations call Brendoncare on 01962 852133.