October 2019 - Joanne Gavin, Volunteer Mentor/IV/Fundraiser
Joanne always goes above and beyond in supporting young people in Bolton. As well as being a fantastic volunteer Mentor and Independent Visitor for so many young people for over 10 years, Joanne is always ready to jump on board with any fundraising activities we hold. Joanne gives everything she can to the club and always will do, in particular organising and managing the many volunteers for BLGC’s Beer Festival this month! From all of Bolton Lads & Girls Club, thank you for being a fantastic volunteer and the difference you have made for our young people.
September 2019 - Gordon Corbett, Volunteer Driver
Gordon has been an amazing asset to the holiday club, without him the trips during the holiday club could not have gone ahead. Gordon drove on three trips during holiday club, enabling 30 young people across three weeks to access Eureka, Heaton Park and the play area. Our young people who access these trips do not always get the chance to experience these opportunities. Additionally, Gordon supports senior club members, by enabling 10 young people a week to access senior club, by picking them up from Farnworth and dropping them off at the club and then returning at the end of the session to drop them back off. Without Gordon committing to this our Farnworth members would not be able to access the club. Thank you Gordon, you truly make a difference for young people in Bolton!
August 2019 - Dave Quilliam, Volunteer Mentor
Over the past three years Dave has been a fantastic Mentor for two young people. Dave always makes a special effort to make each time with the young person he is mentoring special and has really built their confidence up. One young person's mum is quoted as saying that Dave is "a legend!”. Dave also goes above and beyond in supporting the club by attending volunteer forums, events and helping with our summer holiday trips. Thank you Dave, for continuously going above and beyond your volunteer role and supporting BLGC in so many ways!
July 2019 - Rebecca Golden, Youth Club Volunteer
Since Rebecca started as a volunteer she has shown commitment and dedication to BLGC and is always willing to get involved in every activity to support young people, from art to football! It is clear to see how much the young people enjoy having her in the youth club and she is particularly great at supporting young people one to one. The youth club team particularly noted how quickly Rebecca has developed her confidence and skills and is already such a valued member of the Senior Club team, so much so that she has been offered Holiday Club paid work! Thank you Rebecca, and congratulations!
June 2019 - Tracy Haslam, Independent Visitor
Tracy is this month's well deserved volunteer of the month. As well as making a difference to a young person as a Volunteer Independent Visitor, Tracy continuously goes above and beyond supporting Bolton Lads & Girls Club, including helping us at events such as the Crafty Vintage day last year. Tracy has also gone above and beyond by getting others involved in supporting BLGC such as at Bolton Beer Festival and organising her own fundraising events to raise vital funds, including an incredible £1300 for Yellow & Blue Day!
Thank you Tracy, for continuously going above and beyond your volunteer role and supporting BLGC in so many ways.
May 2019 - Sarah Kirk, Independent Visitor
Sarah is this month's well deserved volunteer of the month. Sarah has been a dedicated, caring, persistent and proactive Independent Visitor for the past 18 months, and has made an incredible difference to the life on the young person she is matched with. Sarah has enabled her young person to gain crucial independent life skills that will not only improve the quality of her life but will keep her safe. Sarah has also supported her to get advice around her future ambitions and aspirations to become a nurse and keep her on track with what steps she needs to take to make her dream a reality. The staff member who nominated Sarah said “She is a very kind, caring and wonderful lady. If the world was full of Sarah’s the world would be a much nicer place for us all to live in”. Thank you Sarah for being such an amazing volunteer!
April 2019 - Martin Dyson, Volunteer Football Coach
Martin has made a fantastic impact to the Monday evening football development sessions he has been supporting at Spa Road, as well as at Hacken Lane. Martin always gives maximum effort and has brought some fabulous ideas for improvement, meaning numbers have grown. We are also incredibly appreciative of Martin’s additional efforts, going above and beyond driving the mini bus for our basketball team’s away games, which would not have been possible without Martin.
March 2019 - Kim Jackson, Volunteer Football Coach
Kim is our well deserved Volunteer of the month for March. Kim thoroughly deserves this award as without Kim stepping up to coach last year, the team she coaches would not have been able to carry on and would have had to be folded. Kim has gone from strength to strength supporting her team, helping them to develop their skills and most importantly, ensuring they always enjoy themselves through positivity and encouragement. Kim is a role model not only to young women in sport but also to the boys on her team. We are truly appreciative of all Kim's hard work and she is a real asset to Team BLGC!
February 2019 - Hollie Marsden, Youth Club Volunteer
Hollie started with BLGC on a placement but has gone above and beyond volunteering with our Junior Club for well over 100 hours since September. Hollie is a fantastic member of the team and will always go out of her way to help others in many areas across the youth club and will give everything a go. Thank you Hollie for being such a fantastic volunteer!
January 2019 - Amy Nolan-Podmore, Youth Club Volunteer
Amy Nolan-Podmore has been volunteering with Bolton Lads & Girls Club for many years now, starting off as a Young Leader, and now supports our Inclusion group in Junior Club. Amy has been doing an amazing work teaching our young people some of their favourite songs in sign language. This has been helping young people, both with hearing difficulties and without, learn sign language! She has also gone above and beyond by giving up even more of her time to support our Winter NCS wave. Thank you Amy, we are so proud to have you as part of the Bolton Lads & Girls Club team!
December 2018 - Jennifer Tonge, Volunteer Mentor
Jennifer has been Mentoring a young person for a few months now and has gone above and beyond in her role by actively searching for a football team for her mentee in his area. Jennifer has then been taking her mentee every week as his parents cannot drive. We have seen such a huge difference in his confidence and happiness since starting football, so thank you Jennifer for all your efforts and the difference you are making!
November 2018 - Ije Asike, Administration Volunteer
Ije volunteers with the NCS team and supports them with administration. Ije thoroughly deserves this award as she is a huge asset to the team and always brightens up the office. The team have said they would all feel lost without Ije, particularly during busy periods when Ije goes above and beyond and volunteers even more of her time. Thank you Ije, NCS would not be the same without you!
October 2018 - John Francis, Youth Club & NCS Volunteer
John thoroughly deserves this award as during his short time with BLGC so far, John has already gone above and beyond supporting many areas of the Club. As a Youth Club volunteer John got involved really quickly, leading an activity on only his second session. We are also incredibly appreciative of John’s efforts in supporting NCS, even after his paid role finished, designing the graduation invites and thank you cards as well as all the other graphic design help. Everything John does is with enthusiasm and a smile and he has been a massive asset to BLGC this summer!
September 2018 - Carol Corbett, Independent Visitor Volunteer
Carol is this month’s highly deserved Volunteer of the Month as over the last three years she has been a fantastic Mentor and Independent Visitor supporting our young people and making a real difference to their lives. Carol also deserves this recognition as she has gone above and beyond to support the BLGC Mentoring Programme through her incredible help in organising and promoting our Campaign Reach-out events in Heaton and with future plans in Horwich. Carol is truly an asset to our Mentoring Team and Bolton Lads & Girls Club, and we are incredibly grateful to have her as part of the team. From all of Bolton Lads & Girls Club, thank you Carol, for being a fantastic volunteer and the difference you are making to our young people.
August 2018 - Katalin Tassy, Administration Volunteer
Katalin was nominated by the Admin team and chosen by the Volunteering Team as her commitment and passion perfectly embody our values at Bolton Lads & Girls Club. Katalin has been a consistent, dedicated, and fantastic administrative volunteer since joining us last year, and a pleasure to have in the office. She has gone above and beyond over the last few weeks by volunteering even more of her time to support the Club in our busy holiday period, and we are incredibly appreciative of this extra effort! Thank you Katalin for being a fantastic Administration Volunteer with BLGC. By ensuring we are able to run smoothly behind the scenes, you are making a huge difference for our young people.
July 2018 - Liz Nabb, Independent Visitor
Liz was nominated separately by two members of staff which shows just how much of a fantastic volunteer she is. Liz has been a consistent, dedicated, and passionate Independent Visitor and Mentor supporting many young people over the last eight years, allowing them to share their worries and building their confidence. The team are also incredibly appreciative of Liz’s wider support, as she always make an effort to attend the Volunteer Forums, support evenings, and other events we host, as well as advocating for the Club. Liz has made an incredible difference to BLGC, and is an asset to the Volunteering Team. Congratulations and Thank You Liz!
June 2018 - Sam Howard, Football Coach
Sam was nominated and selected as June’s Volunteer of the Month due to his incredible efforts as a Football Coach. As a Football Coach Sam has made a significant difference to his team of young people, and his dedication and commitment to his team is clear to see. Sam is thought of very highly by his team, the parents, and the whole of BLGC. We were also greatly appreciative of Sam’s drive to continuously go above and beyond and the additional support he gives to the rest of the Football section.
Thank you Sam, for being a fantastic Football Coach and volunteer with BLGC, and the difference you are making to our young people!
May 2018 - Chris Duffy, Mentor & Football Development
Chris was nominated by TWO of our members of staff and chosen by the Volunteering Team as his commitment and passion perfectly embody our values at BLGC. As a Mentor, Chris has made a significant difference to his mentee, particularly supporting him in overcoming his anxiety. Chris began volunteering with BLGC at the beginning of this year, and in Chris’ short time volunteering with BLGC, has already gone above and beyond to support not only his Mentee, but the rest of the Club, including supporting Football Development sessions and contributions at the Quarterly Volunteer Forum.
April 2018 - Glenn Jones, Mentor
Glenn has been awarded April’s Volunteer of the Month for the incredible effort he has been putting in to his Volunteer Mentoring role since joining 17 months ago. The amount of time, thought, and effort Glenn puts into his mentoring role, as well as the time he has taken to get to know his mentee and understand him, has been amazing. We were particularly impressed by the difference Glenn has made to his mentee’s life by building his self-confidence, resulting in him doing much better in school. Thank you for being a fantastic mentor Glenn, and the real difference you are making to our young people!
March 2018 - Darren Crompton & Dave Beattie, Volunteer Football Coaches
Dave and Darren have put in exceptional effort in taking the lead on Girls Football and consistently acting as a role models for the boys and girls they coach. It is clear that the Young People (and the parents!) truly appreciate all their hard work and effort, not only in their own teams, but going above and beyond to support the whole BLGC team by refereeing extra games, and constantly providing fun and active session. Thank you for being such amazing volunteers!
February 2018 - Louis Gerrity, Volunteer Play Worker
Although new to the Club, Louis has made a big impact in Junior Club and has already built some great relationships with our young people. Louis has made a great effort to become a part of the team, attending team meetings, with some great thoughts and suggestions. We look forward to seeing the impact such a fantastic volunteer is going to make in the future!
January 2018 - Richard Grown, Volunteer Youth Work (Arts)
December 2017 - Darren Knight, Volunteer Mentor
November 2017 - Ramana Khadai, Volunteer Administration
October 2017 - Nafisa Bemet, Volunteer Youth Club
September 2017 - John Whithead, Volunteer Administration
August 2017 - Sufian Intwala, Volunteer Play Worker
July 2017 - Robert Harwood, Volunteer Youth Worker
June 2017 - Cecelia Woods, Volunteer Mentor
May 2017 - Chris Callaghan, Volunteer Mentor
April 2017 - Jiten Patel, Volunteer Sports Development (Football)
March 2017 - James Frail, Volunteer Driver