Every day, hundreds of volunteers give their time to Quarriers. Their contribution enhances the services we offer and truly changes lives, and at Quarriers, we know how important it is to recognise and celebrate the difference that they make.
Quarriers Volunteer Awards took place at Paisley Town Hall in June 2015. As volunteering is an integral part of the organisation, staff from all services and departments were invited to submit nominations.
The ceremony showcased many uplifting stories. Everyone who received an award, commendation or nomination showed dedication and a desire to enhance people’s lives, values which are at the heart of everything Quarriers does.
Awards included Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year, which was won by Lloyds Banking. Lloyds has supported Quarriers for several years through their Day to Make a Difference programme, in which staff members spend time decorating and gardening at Quarriers services, thereby improving facilities for people we support.
Noel Lunch Committee Chair Phil Genoe was joint winner of the Long Service Award, having been on the committee for 17 years. The Noel Lunch is the biggest fundraising event in Quarriers’ calendar, and has raised over £1million in its 21 years.
The awards showed how volunteering can lead to friendships which last a lifetime. 18-year-old Megan Brawley, who received the Young Volunteer Award, has visited two ladies at Quarriers Supported Living Service every week for the past three years, and says she has loved every minute of volunteering. Gavin Gallimore, joint-winner of the Long Service Award, has been befriending Henry for 13 years, supporting him to attend football games and even teaching him how to swim. The impact of these friendships was reflected in the nominations for the My Hero Award, which were submitted by people we support. Winner Robert Forsyth, who was nominated by Alistair, highlighted that volunteering benefits everyone, saying “My life is richer for knowing Ally.”
Archie, who is supported by Quarriers, received this year’s People We Support Volunteer Award for his role as village postman and assisting Quarriers’ busy Operations Department.
Best Volunteer Contribution to Quarriers was won by Doug Wren. Having volunteered with Quarriers HR Department for years, Doug was inspired to give even more of his time and volunteer at Quarriers Riverview Service. Doug, who is affected by Huntington’s Disease, is incredibly hard-working and has had a positive influence on the lives of many people at Quarriers.
“The Quarriers Volunteer Awards are a wonderful opportunity for us to publically recognise and thank our volunteers for the remarkable contribution they make,” says Volunteer Development Manager Louise McGinty. “The difference they make to the lives of the people we support is beyond price.”
My favourite things about volunteering are getting to know the many people we support, and the friendliness and drive of everyone in Quarriers.
– Doug Wren, Best Volunteer Contribution to Quarriers