On 4th October, MHA and GAVO came together to celebrate the inaugural Monmouthshire Volunteer Awards.
The awards recognise and celebrate the amazing communities and people who work tirelessly to help our communities thrive and make Monmouthshire a wonderful place to live.
The awards replace MHA’s Making a Difference Awards and GAVO’s Volunteer Achievement Awards – making them even bigger and better.
The winners were kept secret until the day when they were announced at a celebration dinner at the fabulous Gateway Church, Abergavenny. The nominations were shortlisted by a small panel of colleagues and stakeholders.
Check out our video from the night:
John Keegan, MHA CEO said:
“MHA understands the importance of recognising the work of all the unsung heroes who are the glue that holds communities together. We know that individuals and communities have been under extreme pressure in the last 12 months with the cost-of-living crisis but through all the challenges we have seen organisations, individuals and communities come together to embrace and protect some of the most vulnerable in society.
It has been a pleasure to hold this evening’s awards in partnership with GAVO – thank you to all the wonderful nominees, their nominators and everyone involved in organising this event.”
Stephen Tiley, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) CEO said:
“It was with immense pride and gratitude we held the inaugural joint Monmouthshire Volunteer Awards with MHA, at the wonderful Gateway Church tonight. This evening was an opportunity to recognise those who have selflessly dedicated their time, expertise, and heart to make a profound impact on the lives of others. Thank you for joining us in celebrating the remarkable achievements of our community heroes.”
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everybody who took part by nominating. Thank you also to Isla Arendell and Zoë Perry for their fantastic hosting, The Sunshine Singers for their wonderful singing, Sugarloaf Catering for the delicious food.
Introducing the MVA Winners 2023:
You can read their inspirational stories here: MVA 2023 Booklet
Community Champion Award
Highly Commended – The TogetherWORKS Volunteers
Winner – Bonnie Russel
Best Group or Initiative Award
Joint Winners – iConnect Digital Volunteers and Gateway Community Café
Inspirational Young Person Award
Highly Commended – Amelia Lexi Jones
Winner – Noah Herniman
Trustee and Director Award
Highly Commended – Sue Kingdom and Tim Ryan
Winner – Penny Simcock
Highly Commended – Transition Monmouth Community Fridge
Winner – Repair Café Abergavenny
Most Inspirational Journey Award
Highly Commended – Matthew Alderson
Winner – Fran Kenny
Health & Wellbeing Award
Highly Commended – Jem Jenkins-Jones
Winner – Spiro Tanti and Richard Langford-Johnson
Outstanding Contribution to MHA Award
Highly Commended – Alistair Clarke
Winner – Laura Cousins
Community Inclusivity Award
Winner – Dance Time 4 All
Volunteer of the Year Award
Highly Commended – Virginia Baldwin
Winner – Pam Wheatley
High Sheriff Award
presented by The High Sheriff of Gwent, Professor Simon J Gibson CBE DL
Winner – Ginny Baldwin