Well Done Priya! Volunteer of the Year

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Priya – Student Volunteer of the Year 2016

At Gateway Volunteer Service we are delighted to announce that Priya, a valuable volunteer, has been Awarded Huddersfield University Student Union, Volunteer of the Year Award 2015-16.

As a Volunteer Peer Mentor Priya supports the work of the Supported Volunteer Service, and gives time and commitment to give one to one support and encouragement to people who are new to volunteering and need some extra input to get started. She has supported a number of new volunteers: young women who have experienced domestic violence, a young woman with autism, as well as assisting individuals with mental health issues.  She has been willing to volunteer at short notice, has worked across all of Kirklees, and is invaluable in that she will also spend time in the office helping us with research and enquiries. In particular, she has given us lots of assistance in getting organised for Volunteers Week.

Priya  is also  a volunteer befriender for older people with Royal Voluntary Services and is Vice President of Huddersfield University Mindfulness Society.

Priya’s commitment, enthusiasm, and hardwork are outstanding and we are very proud she is part of the Gateway Volunteer Team.

On the 9th June we will be holding our Volunteers’ Week Celebration Event to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Priya and all our volunteers.

Janet and Catherine

Gateway Volunteer Co-ordinators

PS – If you are interested in learning more about Gateway Volunteers, 

We are always happy to hear from new volunteers!

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Rachael Loftus

Chief Service Officer at Kirklees Council
Rachael Loftus is currently the Chief Service Officer for Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council, leading the implementation of the Cities of Service programme.

Biography

Rachael previously worked for Leeds City Council where she led the city’s partnership work on good community relations and migration, as well as developing innovative ideas for working with communities, including Poverty Truth Leeds. Before that she worked in the voluntary sector at Involve Yorkshire and Humber Leeds Accommodation Forum as well as working internationally for the Football Supporters’ Federation. Rachael is Vice Chair of Leeds Irish Health and Homes and a trustee of Togetherness for Peace, and a founder member of the Leeds City of Sanctuary movement. She was previously a company director of Melting Pot social enterprise – teaching marketable catering skills to people with mental health problems. In 2011 Rachael was awarded an international Winston Churchill Fellowship for the US and South Africa to look at the question: Are Harmonious Cities Possible? In her spare time, Rachael’s interests are football, photography and fiction.

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