A number of volunteers from across the Humber region were recognised at the HEY Smile Foundation’s Time2Volunteer awards.
A total of almost 300 volunteers, award category sponsors, and partners attended the event, including East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, and Hull CVS. We had the opportunity to thank those who give their time to help others.
In 12 award categories, 138 nominations were received.
Smile’s CEO Jamie Lewis said: “The amazing thing about Time2Volunteer awards is it creates a platform that not only recognises excellence, but also encourages positive change within our local community.
“Every act no matter how small, has a ripple effect that touches countless lives. It brings hope to the hopeless, strength to the vulnerable and unity to the divided. Through volunteering we showcase the very best of humanity and create a brighter future.”
Councillor David Tucker, portfolio holder for public health and adult social care thanked all of the volunteers and said: “We are celebrating remarkable people who have selflessly dedicated their time, energy and talents to make a difference in the lives of others.
“I hope more people are inspired to find out about volunteering opportunities and the fantastic benefits it can bring. Volunteering enables people to forge connections with others and it provides numerous wellbeing benefits to the volunteer, whilst also helping others, and the community.”
It took a wide variety of volunteering roles for people to be nominated for the Time2Volunteer awards; mentoring and tutoring young people, helping the elderly, helping the environment and establishing new groups for residents, all contributing to the improvement of the community.
Shelby’j Robinson, 16, from Goole, was one of the youngest winners. During football matches, Shelby’j organized food collections and raised funds for the Goole AFC Community Champions program. In addition to donating over 200 packs of period poverty products, she also raised £600 to help fill the shelves of the local food bank in Goole. As a result of speaking with people at the Two Rivers Community Foodbank, she became inspired to volunteer. To raise awareness about food poverty, she uses her Miss Royal UK Role Model Junior Teen title. Prior to attending the Coronation Concert, Shelby’j earned the Kings Coronation Champion Award.
Shelby’j said: “I began volunteering to help others, and I want to educate and inspire other people to donate to their communities too.”