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UKATA to sponsor Volunteer Centre Awards

Wednesday 21st September 2016

UKATA to sponsor Volunteer Centre Awards

UK Asbestos Training Association to sponsor 2016 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award

The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) has announced it will sponsor this year’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award at the Chesterfield Volunteer Centre Awards, which take place at The Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield on Wednesday 19 October from 7.30pm.

The 2015 Awards attracted an audience of over 350 people and with the event now into its fourth year, UKATA has decided to renew its sponsorship to help the Volunteer Centre recognise the hard work carried out by volunteers across the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire region. UKATA was the proud sponsor of last year’s Award and having presented the certificates last year, UKATA General Manager Craig Evans was keen to support the Award once more in 2016.

“UKATA is delighted to once again lend our support to the Volunteer Centre Awards,” said General Manager of UKATA Craig Evans. “It was a pleasure to take part last year and meet some of those people doing amazing work in our region. Although there can only be one winner, all of the nominees have done something selfless and truly remarkable and to be able to help recognise that is something UKATA is proud to do.”

Last year’s Volunteer of the Year award was won by Chesterfield Carnival’s Maria Davison, with Cecilia Peck from the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Credit Union and Andrea Jenner from Ashgate Hospicecare as runners up.

“It was a really rewarding experience to meet the winners and others shortlisted last year,” added Craig. “This is one of those events where everyone is a winner and all those shortlisted an inspiration. A number of UKATA staff were inspired to take up charitable activities on the back of it. Sasha and I undertook a charity skydive, and whilst this isn’t anywhere near as demanding as the work carried out by some of the volunteers at the awards, it shows just what an impact inspirational people can have on your life.”

As a not-for-profit organisation, UKATA are keen to do everything they can to support the Volunteer Centre: Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, a volunteering development agency working independently to support organisations from the voluntary, community and public sectors.

UKATA members are also currently involved in some volunteering of their own, with members up and down the country volunteering to offer free training as part of the ongoing UKATA Train safe, Work Safe Keep Safe campaign: http://www.ukata.org.uk/train-safe-work-safe-keep-safe/

“Our Train safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign is just one example of UKATA and our members recognising the value of volunteering and the results it can deliver,” added Craig. “The Volunteer Centre really do provide an invaluable resource to the area in recognising the efforts of volunteers and UKATA is proud to be supporting the 2016 event. I’m already looking forward to presenting the award to this year’s deserving winner at what I am sure will be another memorable event.”

Media Enquiries:
Victoria Castelluccio, Marketing Officer
victoria.castelluccio@ukata.org.uk
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