NCS Wins Award for Outstanding Volunteering ContributionPosted on 12th November 2014 by Impetus
NCS manager, Sean de Podesta, NCS volunteer, Frances Rhodes, and Impetus CEO, Jo Ivens show off our Sector Star Award
Our Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) won its third award in as many years last night at the Brighton & Hove Community Works annual Sector Star awards. This year we won for Outstanding Volunteering Contribution – Adults with the judges particularly commending the scheme for the large numbers of volunteers involved over a long period of time.
Frances Rhodes, who has been with NCS for over three years, says of her volunteering:
“I’m pleased that my circumstances enable me to help people. With the woman I visit, we go shopping together, and I am particularly happy to have to helped her get to the lunch club I work at. I can see the difference in her, and it makes a difference to me.”
Jacqueline Grossman, 83, only moved to Brighton in 2013. She says of her volunteer visitor:
“She is a miracle. She has made a great contribution to my wellbeing. When I didn’t know many people, she was just what I needed.”
Frances and Jacqueline are just two of the hundreds of people for whom involvement with NCS makes a positive difference to their lives. In each of the last four years, over 215 NCS volunteers have provided at least 10,000 hours of support to 250+ isolated older people, people with physical disabilities and their carers. On average, we match a new volunteer with a scheme member every week.
The work that we do in NCS offers a lifeline to those experiencing loneliness and isolation in Brighton & Hove. It is a simple concept that really works and we are so proud of all our volunteers who give their time and skills to make a difference to other people’s lives. Thank you!