Marsh Volunteer of the Year Award for Work with Children

This Award recognises the contribution made to Barnardo's by their volunteers across all departments and throughout the organisation. The volunteer or group of volunteers must have made a difference to the work of Barnardo's by demonstrating an exceptional level of support and commitment.

The 2015 winner is Kathryn Clark

Kathryn volunteers at the Barnardo’s Willow Young Carers Service in Leeds, where she provides one-to-one befriending services to young carers. Kathryn has shown great commitment to her role, giving between 12 and 20 hours of her time a week, going above and beyond the expected 6 hours a month. She has gone from strength to strength in the time she has been a volunteer, tackling personal challenges along the way.

Kathryn was initially matched with a young person with whom she developed a supportive relationship, and then volunteered to befriend another young person on the programme. This is uncommon as most volunteers usually take on one relationship. Kathryn has provided a range of support to the young people she befriends, including emotional support, help with homework, and travelling around the city.

Initially Kathryn felt anxious volunteering in group settings. However she has confronted this and is now a lead volunteer in group work.
Kathryn has developed into a volunteer who has made a huge impact to how the service is run. She is a warm and kind person and an extremely committed and reliable volunteer.

Kathryn is pictured (above) with one of the children who she works with at Barnardo’s Willow Young Carers Service in Leeds when they made masks in a group activity


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