Local young volunteer Dan Fawke honoured with Children & Young People Volunteer Award
Devon Community Foundation hosted their sixth annual Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony last week at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter, honouring the hard work and achievements of the many volunteers making a real difference in our local Devon communities. 20 year old Dan Fawke from New 4 You Youth group based in Plymouth was awarded the Children & Young People Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors.
New4You is a Plymouth city centre youth group that runs on Friday nights, supporting young people from 11 to 15 to have fun and develop life skills in a safe environment. Dan has already been working with the club for over two years and is now a youth leader within the group. His hard work in organising activities helps to grow the young people’s skills and confidence and it is this along with his commitment to the club that makes such a difference to everyone involved.
Dan said: “When my name was announced as the winner I was so surprised, the award means so much to me as a volunteer and the great group of people I work with and for. With the prize money the group will be able to buy some much needed new sports and sound equipment to help keep the young people entertained and off the streets which is most important to me.”
James Cross, Managing Partner at Kitsons Solicitors, sponsors of the award said: “In choosing our Volunteer of the Year, Kitsons were looking for someone who had really made a difference in their community. At just 20 years old, Dan is an outstanding role model and he blew us away with his hard work and dedication in helping to offer children and young people opportunities to develop their life skills for the future.”
The Awards Ceremony was sponsored by UK Investment Managers Quilter Cheviot and Richard Mitton who is closely involved with UK Community Foundations said: “We were delighted to sponsor the Volunteer of the Year Awards again. Through our involvement with Community Foundations we know that they play a vital role in supporting local causes and the Awards evening showed that the Devon Foundation is doing an excellent job. “
The awards ceremony was sponsored by UK Investment Managers Quilter Cheviot, Richard Mitton said: “We were delighted to sponsor the Volunteer of the Year Awards again. Through our involvement with Community Foundations we know that they play a vital role in supporting local causes and the Awards evening showed that Devon Foundation is doing an excellent job. “
Martha Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Devon Community Foundation said: “The time and energy Dan gives to New 4 You Youth Club at such a young age is extraordinary so it was great to see him awarded with the Children & Young People Volunteer Award. We know better than most what an amazing job these groups do having distributed over £10million to local groups since we began, and in the last year alone investing £700,000 in 209 groups tackling deprivation in their own communities and supporting 61,000 people in need. So if you love Devon and you’re looking for ways in which to support your local community, please just get in touch.”
The nominated volunteers work with local groups to help and support others in their communities. Other winners included:
- Helping People Grow Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers: Lorraine Aagaard (Exbourne & Jacobstowe Community Association)
- Volunteer-ability Award, sponsored by Thomas Wescott and St Loye’s Community Foundation: Paul Gray (Special Olympics Exeter & District)
- Trustee of the Year Award, sponsored by DeVA: Rosemary Parker (Bucks Cross Village Hall)
- The Sir Eric Dancer Thriving Communities Award: Assist Teignbridge