Southwark Stars awards ceremony held at the Coin Street neighbourhood centre

On Thursday 17 March, Volunteer Centre Southwark held their annual awards ceremony, Southwark Stars, at the Coin Street neighbourhood centre.

Southwark Stars is a special event that highlights the contribution of volunteers within the borough and celebrates the work they do. Volunteer Centre Southwark has recognised the contribution of over 700 volunteers since the first ceremony 8 years ago.

Charles Browne

A fantastic example of the work of these volunteers can be seen from Charles Browne (pictured above) who has been volunteering at Blackfriars Settlement for over 10 years and has previously won the award for the best volunteer contribution to the health and social care sector.

Charles runs a ‘Forget Me Not’ session at Blackfriars Settlement, encouraging older people with memory problems to engage in memory games, leads the Crusoe Club which supports visually impaired members and regularly assists them with day trips out. Charles has battled with mental health issues and is a keen poet, his poetry book, ‘Red Sky at Night’ was launched in December 2015.

Group Volunteering Photo 1

Throughout the evening, 50 volunteers, like Charles, received certificates for contributing over 100 hours of their time to the borough over the last year, and 9 will win a special award decided by a panel of judges for their contribution in a particular area such as: Community Group of the year; Trustee of the Year; and Disabled peoples Champion of the Year.

The final award was given to Joe Dobson, from united Allstars, winner of the Keib Thomas Active Citizen of the Year category, who was awarded the accolade of Volunteer of the Year.

We would like to congratulate all of the Southwark Stars and thank them for their hard work and contribution to our community.

If you are interested in holding an event at the Coin Street neighbourhood centre visit our Conference page.