Marsh Young Volunteer of the Year Award
This award recognises the contribution made by a young person, up to the age of 25, who volunteers for Barnardo's and make a significant contribution to the work of Barnardo's in any area of activity.
Nominations will be sought for those young people who have demonstrated levels of commitment beyond that expected, which may include overcoming personal adversity or impairment.
The 2016 winner is Lauren Burrett-Gleed
Lauren has been volunteering with the Adventure Playground Service since June 2015 and has become an integral part of the service, particularly in relation to the participation of young service users. Lauren originally joined Barnardo’s as a volunteer within CAPI (Children Affected by Parental Imprisonment) and soon began an apprenticeship within CAPI.
The Adventure Playgrounds are in some of the most deprived areas of Bristol and Lauren has volunteered at two out of the four as a Group Helper, overseeing the playground and various activities. She also coordinates and organised the ‘Kids’ Council’ which meets regularly to discuss how the playgrounds should be used and run and gives the young people who use the service the opportunity to have responsibility and ownership of it. Lauren has developed their confidence, their interview skills so that they can assist in hiring staff and their cooking skills when she helps them prepare dinner during meetings.
Lauren has made a difference to the lives of many young people, by developing supporting and nurturing relationships with them so that they gain the confidence to confide in her and others who want to help them.
Pictured: Lauren receiving her award from Nick Carter (MCT Trustee), Amir Khan (Celebrity Ambassador for Barnardo's) and Javed Khan (Barnardo's CEO)