The RAG, Volunteering and Sustainability Network and Bristol SU hosted the first Volunteer Ball and Awards Ceremony at Revolution Bristol on 28 February 2018.
With the theme of Hollywood Glamour, this student-led event celebrated the fantastic work of student volunteers and student-led projects across groups, societies and individual volunteers.
The RAG, Volunteering and Sustainability network would like to thank Teach First and the Students' Union Standing Committee for sponsoring and supporting the event.
The award winners are:
Individual award for Outstanding Contribution
Nominees: Zoe Giles, Ollie Megson, Aya Ben Issa, Maddy Dabernig, Emma Pearson, Cassandra Lek
Winner: Cassandra Lek
Cassandra created The Streets of Singapore, a platform to raise awareness and funds for the homeless population in Singapore. She helped tackle the stigma attached to homelessness in Asia, and helped get homeless people back on their feet by linking them with jobs and social workers. She worked with Channel News Asia and the Minister of Social and Family development of Singapore to make a lasting impact
Individual award for Leader of the Year
Nominees: Zoe Giles, Lucy Hackett, Emily Clucas, Shakil Khan, Harry Day, Lucy Staite, Ryan Lewis Pugh, Sally Patterson, Sinead Gavin
Winner: Lucy Hackett
Following her trip to Uganda, Lucy has gone above and beyond as president for BVDA: implementing a new, sustainable strategy which has resulted in a record number of volunteers. She has run the charity in a way that is fair and professional, whilst also creating an atmosphere where both the committee and new volunteers feel welcomed, valued, and part of a close-knit group with a common goal.
Individual award for Innovative Volunteer
Nominees: Amy Cook, Becky Armstrong, Umar Shirin, Lucy Staite
Winner: Umar Shirin
Umar has run the Innovation and Design society in its first year. He has come up with creative concepts to bring together groups of engineers to solve problems across the world. Umar will also be going to Africa this summer to work on one of the projects he is involved in co-ordinating.
Group award for Community Impact
Nominees: Pitstop, Nightline, Roots Community Gardening, Tea and Chatter, Feed the Homeless, Bristol Paws, AISEC, Bristol Phab
Winner: Feed the Homeless
Feed the Homeless donated 10,748 meals to Bristol’s Homeless in 2017. The society raises awareness of homelessness in the county and takes preventative measures by educating students on the signs and struggles that someone in that position may face, all without Government funding or corporate sponsorship.
Group award for Project of the Year
Nominees: The Black Dog Project, BVDA, Bristol Phab, Nightline, Sustainability Jam, Junk Food Café, Creative Society
Winner: Bristol Phab
Phab inspires and supports people with and without disabilities to make more of life together - breaking down community barriers, reducing social isolation, and creating opportunities for disabled people to enjoy the same activities and challenges as, and alongside, those without a disability.