Havant volunteers recognised for their hard work in special awards ceremony

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MORE than 90 volunteers from Havant were recognised for their hard work at a special ceremony.

The Havant Volunteer Centre, in the Pastoral Centre, Petersfield Road, held its annual certificate ceremony at the Langstone Technology Park.

To qualify for an award, people needed to have volunteered in the borough for more than 100 hours in the past year, or for a period of five years or more.

Youth certificates were also awarded to young people aged 12 to 25, who provided a minimum of 25 hours voluntary work.

Claire Coxwell, Havant Volunteer Centre’s co-ordinator, said: ‘Volunteers are so vital to the local community.

‘It’s important that we thank them and recognise their hard work.

‘The volunteers who were nominated this year carry out a wide range of roles.’

The event was supported and sponsored by Havant Borough Council.

Havant Mayor Councillor Ken Smith presented award certificates to more than 60 nominated volunteers at the ceremony.

Young volunteers from Urban Vocal Group, made up of singers from around the county, entertained guests with a selection of songs, before the certificate ceremony began.

‘We had members of Havant borough’s youth council, who give young Havant people a voice within the community, being recognised,’ added Claire.

‘Members of The Acorn Centre’s youth volunteering club, a volunteer coach from Havant Athletic Club and volunteers from Havant meals on wheels service, who provide hot meals for older and more vulnerable people, are a few others to name.’

To find out more about volunteering with the centre call (023) 9248 1845 or email volunteering@havantccs.org.uk.