Each year Chippenham Town Council present Civic Awards to individuals, organisations and community groups who have made a material contribution to the advancement, wellbeing and welfare of the people of Chippenham or demonstrated outstanding citizenship.
This year three individuals and two organisations will be presented with Civic Awards at the Civic Sunday ceremony being held on Sunday 21 July 2019.
This year’s awards will be presented to:
• Natasha Savage who began volunteering with the RISE Trust in 2017 as a mum who needed support to get back into the world of work, and to boost her self-confidence. She took the opportunity to volunteer in the pre-school setting and soon realised that Early Years is where she belongs. Natasha quickly established herself as a committed practitioner, who was eager to learn, and went above and beyond what was expected of her. Natasha has stated herself that her volunteering has given her a sense of purpose as well as building her confidence.
• Kathryn Brown who works as a volunteer with the RISE Trust’s Family Visiting Service, helping to support families with young children who are facing difficulties since 2012. Providing a listening ear or practical help, Kathryn visits families in their own homes adapting to any given situation. Kathryn has managed this role alongside being a working mum of 3 children and other volunteering roles.
• Nigel Linacre who is recognised for his work in founding and promoting the local Wellboring charity dedicated to providing clean water for schools in Africa. This charity has had a positive effect in Chippenham with Nigel mobilising the residents of St. Mary Street to support the charity with fundraising and raising awareness through the Wellboring Weekend. Since 2015, 60 wells have been dug in Kenya and Uganda, all which have been funds raised in Chippenham.
• Food Box and Open Table which was set up in the summer of 2018 to meet the needs of families in Chippenham who may be struggling to buy food groceries. Working in partnership with local businesses, volunteers collect and sort surplus food ready for distribution to families in need. On a Tuesday morning at Open Table people can also drop in for companionship, refreshments and a food parcel. The scheme currently reaches 30 families in Chippenham and addresses food wastage by redirecting food that would otherwise go to waste.
• Chippenham Gateway Club which is a social club for adults with disabilities and special educational needs and it is staffed completely by volunteers. Each week a different activity is planned such as bingo, film nights and crafts. Volunteers liaise with club attendees to plan day trips to visit places such as the theatre to watch a pantomime or to the sea side in Weymouth.
The volunteers of Gateway always ensure that there is always a welcoming environment which enables a sense of belonging.
The Mayor of Chippenham, Councillor Desna Allen said of this event;
“It is important that we recognise the commitment, good will and generosity of these award winners. They work hard to make a positive effective difference to the lives of people in Chippenham and we welcome this opportunity to say thank you to them all.”
A procession will leave at 2.50pm from the Town Hall to the service held in St. Andrew’s Church that commences at 3pm. Following the service, presentations will be made by The Mayor of Chippenham, Councillor Desna Allen in The Neeld Community & Arts Centre. Town Councillors and representatives of the Civic and Community life of the Town will be present, together with dignitaries and Town Mayors from across Wiltshire
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