SCLT Volunteer Named as Local Community Champion


Saturday 18th November 2017, has seen Ashley Jones, a long-standing volunteer with the SCLT Charity, being recognised by his home town of Weston-super-Mare with a Community Champion Award, for his many years of dedicated service to the older adult population of the South West of England and further afield.


The ceremony for the award, took place at the Regent Suite in the upper levels of the iconic Grand Pier, which dominates the promenade of the Victorian seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. The glittering event was compered by Mr John Penrose, who is the Member of Parliament for the town and featured a number of luminaries from the local community, who made up the judging panel.



The local newspaper, the Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury were also represeted at the event, and reported the below:


Five worthy ‘unsung heroes’ were chosen by a panel of judges to win the award – which was sponsored by the Nightingale Group and run in partnership with the Mercury – which celebrates people who go above and beyond to make the town a better place.


The panel had a difficult time deciding on the winners this year and settled on five winners in a panel which included Weston MP John Penrose, Pride organiser Nigel Briers and Richard Nightingale.


Mr Nightingale said: “My thanks go out to everyone who nominated many worthy residents in this round of awards. Once again the judges were faced with some very difficult choices.


“The winners stood out as making life-changing differences to the local community and I am very proud we had an opportunity to recognise them.”

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John Penrose MP congratulates Ashley Jones (right) with his son Alex

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Ashley Jones has been a volunteer with the Senior Citizen Liaison Team Charity since it was set up in late 2009 and has dedicated a considerable amount of his available spare time to the educational activities of the organisation, which provides a suite of protective services for the older adult community.


Upon receiveing the award, Ashley said: “My thanks go out to the judging committee, who have selected me for the Community Champion Award. I feel totally humbled to be selected for this accolade and I must admit it came as something of surprise, as it appears that I was nominated by some of my fellow volunteers


I really enjoy volunteering for the SCLT Charity, as it gives me the opportunity to meet so many older citizens, who I would never get the chance to meet under normal circumstances.


My volunteering activity involves visiting groups of vulnerable elders and giving them a presentation on how to avoid becoming the victims of the many frauds that we are all exposed to in our daily lives. So over the years I have met many thousands of seniors, and have had the privilage of meeting some amazing characters, who I will never forget.


I am honoured to be a Community Champion of Weston-super-Mare and I look forward to the next decade of volunteering with great excitment”

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Image: Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury