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Published: 19th Nov, 2019
Three volunteers have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to Shropshire RCC at this year’s AGM.
Sara Cornwall, Sylvia Short and Anne Piper have received a certificate and free hotel break from charity Room to Reward Sara and Sylvia were presented with their certificates by Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, who also delivered the AGM keynote speech. The third volunteer, Anne, was unable to attend due to prior commitments.
Room to Reward partners with hotel chains across the country to give out empty hotel rooms to volunteers in recognition of their hard work. We have an amazing 170 volunteers who support us in many different ways, so we selected the winners at random to keep it as fair as possible.
More about our winners:
Sara has volunteered for the Hearing Loss Support team since February 2018. She facilitates monthly drop-in clinics for hearing aid wearers in Whitchurch and Shrewsbury also conducts between 10 and 20 home visits a month. Sara has a hearing impairment herself and uses her personal experience to help people make the necessary adjustments to life as a hearing aid wearer. She offers invaluable support, helping people maintain their independence and alleviate the isolation and loneliness that hearing loss can bring.
One of Shropshire RCC’s projects involves recruiting volunteers to act as a personal advocate on behalf of people in care homes or hospitals who lack capacity under the Mental Capacity Act and who are being “deprived of their liberty”. In the two years she has been a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards volunteer, Sylvia has made 153 visits to 20 people, spending a total of 306 hours with them. As a representative, she provides regular contact and ongoing support to individuals, helps them to voice their concerns about the deprivation of liberty and assists them if they want to make a complaint.
Anne volunteers for our Wise and Well team while studying for her Master’s degree in Exercise Medicine. Over the past year she has helped us at 11 Functional Fitness MOTs – a free event which includes a set of fitness tests for people aged 60 to 95, measuring their strength, balance, flexibility and stamina against “normal” for their age. As a student without paid work, Anne still gives her time to us as a volunteer. She is prepared to drive all over the county to help, and will still support us in the morning if she has to be at university in the afternoon.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Sara, Sylvia, Anne, and all our volunteers who give up their time to support us in delivering our much-needed charity work in Shropshire.