The East of England’s leading family charity, Ormiston Families, brought together over 80 employees, volunteers, fundraisers and trustees to recognise and celebrate its successes.
The event which was hosted at Chelmsford City Racecourse on Wednesday (29th November) saw staff, volunteers and fundraisers win awards for their hard work and commitment to the charity.
Patricia Girdlestone, was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award for her work at HMP Chelmsford. Patricia has been volunteering with Ormiston Families at the charity’s visitor centre at HMP Chelmsford for 12 years, supporting special children's visits.
Kevin Bellis, a volunteer at Ormiston Families’ Boston Lodge community centre, was awarded the Care and Compassion award. Going beyond his call of duty, Kevin has involved young people in projects and maintenance work at Boston Lodge, passing on his transferrable skills to those who use the community hub.
Jo Edwards, a senior practitioner at Ormiston Families’ Breaking Barriers service, received the Innovation and Enterprise award. Jo has worked with children with very complex needs and in order to raise awareness she has produced DVDs and blogs as well as taking on press and radio interviews to help children, families and professionals understand the challenges familial imprisonment brings.
The charity’s MPower team, were awarded Team of the Year for their dedication and hard work across the East of England.
Hannah West, senior practitioner at Point1 in Great Yarmouth, won the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year Award for, amongst other things, completing a 100-mile bike ride across London raising much needed funds for Ormiston Families.
Michelle Ward, service manager at Point1 in Great Yarmouth, was presented with a Long Service Award in recognition and appreciation of her ten years of service and commitment to Ormiston Families.
Tori Burr manages 200 volunteers and won the award for Outstanding Service because of her commitment to the charity and her dedication to volunteers.
Ormiston Families’ service director, Mark Proctor, won Inspiring Leader of the Year. Mark heads up Ormiston Families’ Unite programme which works with offenders and their families across the region’s prisons and within the community to support the maintenance of positive family ties.
Mark Heasman, chief executive of Ormiston Families, said: “I am continuously humbled by the sheer dedication and commitment of our staff and volunteers in providing these services supporting children, young people and families to manage the challenges they face and improve their life chances. Over the past year we have supported 16,589 services users and delivered over 67,000 support sessions.
“It is fantastic to see that each and every one of our employees, volunteers and supporters believes in our vision of safe, healthy, happy children and demonstrates their unwavering commitment to this vision on a daily basis. We simply couldn’t do our work without you all, so a massive thank you to Patricia, all our other winners and finalists and everyone who makes our vital work possible.”