Supporting our local communities is paramount to Swan’s social purpose. On Monday evening (10 October), Swan Chief Executive Officer John Synnuck attended the Basildon, Billericay and Wickford Volunteer awards which were organised by Basildon Borough Council, to both present an award and to support one of our own shortlisted residents.
The awards recognise the amazing achievements and contributions of volunteers across the Borough. John presented the award in The Personal Challenge category for those who, despite obstacles and barriers in their personal life, still show commitment and drive to help others. The winner, Anne Parsons, was selected by Swan’s Executive team for her long term voluntary work supporting Essex police, despite many family and personal challenges.
Swan Housing Association Community Development Officer, Ade Adelekan, nominated resident Carol Franklin, who is the Chair of the Swan Essex Resident Consultative Committee. Carol is a long standing involved resident and Ade nominated her for the work she has done at the Steeple View Community Centre in Laindon – transforming it into a fully refurbished, friendly and attractive centre which is the hub of the Steeple View Estate.
Carol scooped the Inspirational Role Model Award for her work and dedication to the local Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, the Resident Consultative Committee and her work to help set up the Community Kitchen Project which provides local older residents with hot meals and great company for as little as £3.
Recognising these individuals and all of the other winners is hugely positive and vital to ensure that the many volunteers in our communities continue to feel their contribution is recognised.