Long Service Volunteer Awards WCAVA
WCAVA Nuneaton and Bedworth Volunteer Awards 2019
Thursday 6th June saw Warwickshire CAVA and over 150 guests celebrate the individual and collective achievements of volunteers across Nuneaton and Bedworth with our third annual ‘Volunteer Awards’.
We held the Awards in partnership with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council as part of events to celebrate Volunteers Week. We were delighted that this year the Morgan Awards were included; set up by Colin and Sue Hehir as a legacy to their talented artist son Morgan who tragically died in 2015, this special Award category recognised Nuneaton and Bedworth’s unsung heroe
The winner of this award has been volunteering for over 45 years, and is involved in a number of community activities across the Borough for many years, she runs the Mental Health Drop-in, is part of the St Nicholas Church Pastoral Team and a member of the Borough Council’s Residents Partnership group.
Your winner is Pat Bidmead.
She is a fellow volunteer and friend to many, Pat is a very unassuming, kind and compassionate lady but also very dependable which is inspirational to other people. The fact that she has been volunteering for so many years is inspirational in itself - every day she is an example to other people.
Pat, like so many others across the Borough, manages to successfully juggle her many volunteering commitments. Over the years she has also volunteered with Nuneaton Carers Group, Victim Support, the Befriending Service, Rethink, Pastels Day Centre, Open Doors Drop in, and Children's Contact Centre. She is always 'up for a challenge' and is constantly looking at ways to engage and work with people, for example, last year the Residents Partnership hosted community days across Nuneaton and Bedworth and was willing to lend her hand to anything, including colouring with children, handing out donated lunch items to families and offering advice to members of our community.
Not only has she volunteered for the past 45 years but, until recently, Pat was a Lecturer at the University of Warwick. She is a qualified Doctor of Psychology and uses her knowledge and expertise on a daily basis. We can’t work out how she manages to fit everything in!
We are very proud to announce that the winners for this year’s Volunteer Awards were:
The Morgan Award for Unsung Hero - Abeda Vorajee
Health & Wellbeing Individual - Catherine Mosey, West Midland Tourette’s Action
Health & Wellbeing Group - Sophia Pregnancy Loss Support
Leisure & Sports Individual - Linda Casson, Midlands Gymnastics Academy
Leisure & Sports Group - Young Leader Academy, Nuneaton Gymnastics Club
Environment Individual - Kebrina Barker, Nuneaton Crisp Packet Recycling (and more!)
Environment Group - Friends of Nook
Creativity & Heritage Individual - Joanna Lole, Art Alert
Creativity & Heritage Group - Nuneaton Arts Council
Young Volunteer (aged 14-25) - Ryan Whitehouse, Healthy Living Network - Peoples Pantry
Young Volunteer (aged 14-25) - Joshua Rice, Healthy Living Network - Ediblelinks
Community Impact Individual - Rory Phelan, Nuneaton Fire Station - Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service
Community Impact Group - Little Pegs
Long Service Award Individual - Pat Bidmead, Nuneaton Drop-In, N&B Residents Partnership
Long Service Award Group - WVS Stroke Club Nuneaton
Special recognition Awards:
John Vale, Salvation Army Bedworth
Generalist Advisers Team, BRANCAB
Julie Tarka, SPEC
Andrew Harris, Warwickshire Vision Support
The Morgan Award for Unsung Hero - Sioux Watkins, Guardians of Stubbs Pool
We’re sure you will join us in congratulating all the very worthy winners and nominees.
Congratulations to Pat Bidmead from all at NBBC Residents Partnership A Well earned award.
Congratulations to Dr Patricia Bidmead one of our members of Residents Partnership and who volunteers for a number of groups. Below is the winners of the Award night and a photo of the winners also a photo of Pat being presented with her Award by the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth.