SCLT Members Win Prestigious National Volunteering Award
Wednesday 9th September 2015 saw a delegation of volunteers from the Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) attending the annual Lord Ferrer's Awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in London. The Lord Ferrer's Awards, which are now in their 22nd year, celebrate the contribution of teams and individual Special Constables and civilan volunteers (known as Police Support Volunteers or PSV's) who support the police service in their areas.
Home Secretary Theresa May and other Home Office officals attended the awards ceremony to recognise the dedication and hard work of special constables and police support volunteers throughout the UK over the last 12-months.
Home Secretary Theresa May said:
“All special constables, volunteer cadets and police support volunteers make a vital contribution to cutting crime and making their communities safer places to live and work.
"The Lord Ferrers Awards celebrate the outstanding commitment and drive of these exceptional volunteers.
"Their selfless contribution and professionalism is inspiring.
“All the nominees are evidence that volunteers can and do make a real difference to the communities in which they serve.”
The ceremony included the announcement of the national winners of individual and team awards by members of the Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers. The Senior Citizen Liaison Team, which works in alliance with Avon & Somerset Constabulary, were named as the winning PSV team.
Ash Jones is a veteran volunteer on the Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT), he said,
“It has been a very memorable experience for all us SCLT volunteers, to come to the distinguished surroundings of the Houses of Parliament and then to be named as winners of the Volunteers Team Award in the presence of the Home Secretary.
In all reality, I'm sure that any of the nominated teams were equally worthy of the trophy and we accept the award on behalf of all our PSV volunteer colleagues throughout the UK.
Volunteering is a very personal choice, many decide to give up their free time for purely altruistic reasons, while others do so because they enjoy the experience of sharing a worthwhile venture with likeminded people. Either way, volunteering has benefits for all concerned and I heartily endorse becoming a Police Support Volunteer, helping others gives you a genuine good feeling that is hard to beat"
SCLT Volunteers - Roger Buxton, Matt Hawker (holding trophy) & Ash Jones