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The Royal Borough Volunteer Awards 2014/15 took place on Tuesday (24/3) at Maidenhead Town Hall, in St Ives Road, organised by RBWM and WAM Get Involved with 11 awards being dished out to outstanding volunteers.
Yvonne Conroy, described as the “glue” which holds the Windsor Street Angels together and the “oil” which helps ensure things run smoothly, scooped the Royal Borough Volunteer of the Year award.
Pat Capp won the WAM Get Involved Volunteer of the Year for her tireless work to build the Sequela Foundation into a unique and highly beneficial service for people in East Berkshire suffering from neurological problems while suffering from Transverse Myelitis herself.
Sam Hester scooped the WAM Get Involved Community Young Volunteer of the Year for the help he provides to a young person with significant learning difficulties in Eton Wick enabling them to participate in mainstream youth activities that they would otherwise be unable to attend.
Other awards were dished out for people who excelled in the borough’s Adopt-A-Street programme and volunteers in the council services such as at its libraries and the CareBank project.
Eileen Denny, WAM Get Involved co-ordinator, said: "It was a lovely occasion with a great atmosphere, and we thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to thank the volunteers and to celebrate the wonderful spirit of volunteering we have in the Royal Borough.
"It was really inspiring to meet these volunteers who give so much of themselves to help others in their community.
RBWM VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Yvonne Conroy:
Yvonne regularly volunteers as a Street Angel between the hours of 9pm on a Friday evening and 4am on a Saturday morning, helping those in need after a night out. Her work helps to reduce crime and make Windsor an even safer place to be.
Behinds the scenes, Yvonne also works in the background as part of the Street Angel’s Steering Group. She is both part of the “glue” that holds Street Angels together, and the “oil” that helps to ensure things run smoothly.