Neill Graham and Ailsa Watters
Neill has been a volunteer for over 10 years, both in the UK and abroad. In Morocco and Iraq he coached football for street children and orphans at community centres. He has been a volunteer with the Barnardo’s Nurture Service in Scotland since 2015 where he supports four boys on a one-to-one basis, all of whom have experience of domestic violence, neglect and antisocial behaviour. Neill has managed to build relationships with the boys and helped them socialise with other children, go to youth clubs and activity centres and engage more with their families.
Ailsa first became involved with the Community Family Hub East Team in Newcastle as a service user, following a ten year drug dependency. In the past few years, she has changed her life around to become a Family Support Volunteer with the service, going through the necessary training and gaining a qualification in the field. Ailsa has supported two families with complex needs and helped them to re-engage with their community and build strong relationships so that they avoid isolation. She represents the service at national Barnardo’s events, has helped raise awareness of Barnardo’s stores and fundraised for the organisation. Ailsa is a great ambassador for Barnardo’s and an inspiration to other volunteers.
This year’s Regional Winners are:
– Northern Ireland: Christiana Young, Pharos
– London: The BEES Service
– South East & Anglia: Tracey Shearer, Sydney House Family Hub
– Wales: Imogen Garbett, Barnardo’s Compass Partnership
– Midlands & South West: Sarah Hudson, Barnardo’s Independent Visitors Scheme
– North West: Geri Brown, Wirral WAIV Service