SCLT Trustee Honoured with Regional Achievement Award


Friday 27th October 2017, has seen SCLT trustee Jon Williams, being honoured with the annual Volunteer Trustee of the Year Award for the county of Monmouthshire at a glittering ceremony of celebration for the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) annual Volunteer Achievement Awards, which were held in the spectacular surroundings of the Caldicot Choir Hall.


GAVO was established in 1927 and is now the longest-standing and largest County Voluntary Council in Wales and is committed to strengthening the effectiveness of the Voluntary and Community Sector across Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Newport.


With a goal of a society where communities, individuals, partner organisations and the third sector work together in a culture of equality, shared ownership, responsibility and support to build a sustainable future. and a vision to improve the lives and opportunities of communities through partnership and collaboration, GAVO offers a suite of services to help and support the many community-level, voluntary organisations in Gwent Acheive their charitable activities.


The celebratory evening event, included a number of awards to other luminaries from the Gwent voluntary sector, who were recognised by their peers for the outstanding work which is carried out in the community everyday. The event was also entertained by the fabulous Elvis impersonator Darren 'Gracelands' Jones, who regaled the distinguished audience with several songs from the playbook of the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Pesley.


At the conclusion of the evening, Jon commented, “I feel deeply humbled and honoured to have been singled out for this magnificent award. Being a trustee is an extremely rewarding and personally enriching experience and my journey with the SCLT Charity has been extraordinarily enjoyable. I have gained a profound sense of satisfaction and usefullness, as I have raised funds, supported volunteers and worked with the management team on the best governance for the organisation.


It has been a pleasure to meet the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and all the other dignitaries who have come to the event this evening. I really feel that the efforts of the voluntary sector are being recognised and this event is testament to all the amazing work being undertaken in Gwent, for the betterment of local society. I would just like to also pass my most sincere congratulations to all the other winners and nominees for this evening's awards - everyone is a winner in reality and I dedicate this trophy to everyone who does anything to help others who need a little extra support.”



Group photograph of winners (Jon is 3rd from right


Jon being congratulated by HM Lord Lieutenant of Gwent

- Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE


Jon being congratulated by Mr Ashley Jones -

Chair of Trustees of the SCLT Charity


GAVO Trustee Volunteer of the Year Award trophy


GAVO Trustee Volunteer of the Year Award

- Mr Jon Williams - SCLT Charity