Talented Volunteers Enjoy Awards Ceremony

Sun, 2001-02-11 00:00

The V-Talent Awards were recently held at East Durham College. The awards were a celebration of the achievements of local young people in the volunteering sector.

The awards, held last week in The Lubetkin Theatre, helped to recognise the time and commitment of 12 young volunteers; the skills they developed and the difference they made through volunteering.

The V-Talent programme has been running at the College for the last two years and was been designed to help boost volunteers CV’s - helping them to show employers, colleges, universities and others clear evidence of what they have achieved through voluntary activities.

The national 2-year programme won backing from high-profile business leaders, such as Martha Lane Fox, Karren Brady and Dragon’s Den star James Caan.

East Durham College V-Talent Coordinator, Joanne Ormston, said: “14,910 hours of volunteering, over £500 raised for charities, 54 qualifications gained and 5 university offers. What an amazing achievement!

“V is a brilliant programme, it’s amazing to see these young people realise their potential, I wish them all the best of luck in the future.”

The volunteers worked closely with the teaching staff at East Durham College, giving support in lessons. They also completed a range of qualification ranging from 9297 Learner Support to CYQ Fitness Instructing.

Some of the volunteers are now using a personal development grant to further their education and others are using it to volunteer overseas.

“Me, Jodie and Lauren are going to volunteer in an orphanage in South Africa. We’re all so excited,” said Daniel Ronald Wilson, 25, from Seaham.

He added: “My CV is so much stronger now and volunteering in Cape Town is going to do it no harm. I’m guttered the programme has came to an end, I’ve made some great friends.”

Principal & CEO Stewart Wesselby gave out the awards on the evening and the night was played out by one of the volunteer’s band, ‘Broadway the Hardway’,

Stewart Wesselby said: “I’m very sad to see the V-Talent programme end, I’m very disappointed that the funding has stopped and if there was any way we could fund it ourselves I would do it. Everyone has worked extremely well and on behalf of everyone at the College, thank you and good luck.”