Community gems celebrated at Blackburn event

An annual celebration event praising the work of local volunteers who have dedicated their time to health and wellbeing services across the borough took place in Blackburn earlier this month.

Over 100 volunteers came together to celebrate their work for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s award-winning re:fresh initiative on Friday, 11th November at King George’s Hall.

Throughout the year, the number of hours’ volunteers complete are tracked and certificates are awarded for several milestones including 50, 100, 150, 250 and 500 hours of volunteering.

The records for 2016 show more than 30 volunteers have reached 50 hours with 27 volunteers hitting the 100-hour target and 10 volunteers have racked up more than 150 hours.

Eight different awards were given on the night and four special recognition awards were presented for long service, inspiration to others, community engagement and progression and development.

Pauline Jones who started volunteering 14 years ago as a walk leader won the ‘Long Service Award’ on the night. She said: “I’ve always loved walking and as soon as I started volunteering I really enjoyed it. I’ve made lots of friends and it’s great for the social aspect. I’ve also supported others through some personal issues and they have supported me. It helps everyone.”

“I was amazed and slightly embarrassed when I won the award because I don’t do it to receive anything. I was shocked but it’s so lovely and I appreciate it!

“We’ve had some new volunteers join us recently but we are always looking for new people to join us. If you’re looking for something new to do, come along!”

The awards are organised to thank volunteers for giving their time, sharing their knowledge, experience and skills to help others.

Those interested in volunteering should contact 01254 587661 or visit

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