Marsh Volunteer Award with the Royal Opera House

This Award is run in partnership with the Royal Opera House and recognises the efforts of volunteers who have demonstrated an on-going dedication and commitment to an area of work within the Royal Opera House. This could be through an involvement in Education and community work, a particular ROH project or initiative which supports the learning and development of young people in the arts, or by sharing particular skills and knowledge to benefit the work of the ROH.

Previously, the Award only recognised volunteers in the Education and Community sector. It has now been opened up to volunteers working in various departments, both at Covent Garden and Thurrock.

The 2013 winners are Lloyd Bracey, Mary Roe, Jenny Stevens, See Hoi Stanborough, Mike Ostler and Lesley Robinson

Lloyd Bracey

Lloyd volunteers his time to provide media training, focusing especially on young Artists, and enabling them to develop their media skills. He also works with senior management groups, having provided one-to one media coaching sessions for the Director of The Royal Ballet and the Associate Director of Opera, as well as group training workshops for Education and Press staff. Lloyd’s training is always well received and has been described as “really fantastic…simple, clear, memorable, achievable.” Despite being a much sought after media skills trainer, he continues to offer his services free of charge to the Royal Opera House. The combination of his professional expertise and genuine passion for the work of the Royal Opera House is greatly respected.

Mary Roe

Mary has been awarded for her contributions as a volunteer to two significant projects. The first is the building a database for some 2,500 names of ballet teachers and ballet schools across the UK, which has allowed the Royal Opera House to extend its reach into key communities where they previously had no contact. The other involves cataloguing of images and researching and writing captions to build a Royal Opera House Image Library. This is major project for which Mary’s knowledge of Opera and the Royal Opera House has been invaluable.

Jenny Stevens

Jenny volunteers as a mentor for young people involved in the ROH Creative Jobs Programme. This programme creates traineeships for young unemployed Londoners, between the ages of 18 and 24, who are enthusiastic about a career in the arts. In 2012 Jenny mentored eight young people, offering them individual and dedicated careers advice, which included planning long-term goals, introducing them to her media contacts, and helping them to build their confidence. Six of her mentees have gone onto secure jobs after their placements. Throughout her role as a mentor, Jenny has been generous with her time, investing her emotions and efforts into helping the lives and careers of the young people she was determined to see succeed.

See Hoi Stanborough

See has provided valuable support to the Education department of the ROH, helping teams deliver projects over the years. Her tasks include welcoming school children and families at events, handing our programmes and providing front of house support. She has also provided great help with the Monday Moves class for the blind and partially sighted adults and helps with administrative duties in the Education Office, whenever she has been asked to help out, always conveying a proactive and positive attitude.

Mike Ostler

Mike is a dedicated ROH Thurrock Volunteer who supports a large variety of work through his volunteering. Mike is very knowledgeable about the High House Production Park site and is always happy to speak to Public Tour groups about the site. He is also very dedicated to the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus and has contributed a great deal to rehearsals and performances, showing a real dedication to his role.

Lesley Robinson

Lesley is an enthusiastic and reliable ROH Thurrock Volunteer. She supports the Education Tours and her calm and smiling presence is an invaluable asset on these busy, creative days. Lesley also contributes greatly to the running of the Public Tours in Thurrock and works on projects involving families and members of the community which are hard to reach out to. One of these projects was ‘Sounding Out’ where the ROH engaged hard-to-reach families in Thurrock by offering a series of hands-on workshops.


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