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Mayor of Chelmsford presents awards to Chelmsford’s outstanding volunteers

Mayor Dobson With Award Recipients

Yesterday, the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Sue Dobson, presented awards and commendations to Chelmsford’s brilliant volunteers at the Chelmsford Awards for Outstanding Voluntary Service.

The awards were formed eight years ago by the independent charity, Chelmsford CVS. They are presented to local people across the district for outstanding voluntary contributions to their communities.

This year the Chelmsford Awards for Outstanding Voluntary Service had three categories.

Winner, Adult category: Louisa Di Marco

Winner of the Adult category was Luisa Di Marco (above) for her work on bringing the Knife Angel to Chelmsford. In 2020, Luisa set up Keep It 100 Essex CIC – a collaborative voluntary organisation which works to champion positive and productive life choices for under 25s. Since then, she has helped bring about the installation of many new knife banks and provided support to many young people at risk of exploitation.

A Highly Commended certificate was also presented to Rebecca Mabey for her contribution to 5th/9th Chelmsford Scout Group and Chelmsford Scout & Guide Gang Show.

Mayor Dobson With Scout Leaders
Rebecca Mabey was commended for her work with 5th/9th Chelmsford Scout Group and Chelmsford Scout & Guide Gang Show.

Winner, Young Person category: Isabelle Chambers

Isabelle Chambers was winner of the Young Person category. Isabelle has volunteered as a Young Leader every week for more than four years at 6th Chelmsford Beavers. She has been a badge tester for hundreds of badges; regularly teaches archery, and presented brilliant Zoom activities during lockdown.

Mayor Dobson presenting award to Scout volunteer
Isabelle Chambers was awarded the Young Person category in the Chelmsford Awards for Outstanding Voluntary Service.

Winner, Team category: Danbury First Responders

The Danbury First Responders were awarded the Team category. This volunteer team provides trained emergency first response to local communities in Danbury, Bicknacre, Sandon, Little Baddow, and the surrounding areas. Between them, they’ve responded to thousands of 999 emergency calls, despatched by the ambulance service. In total, they’ve assisted 8,499 patients and families in the past 10 years.

Mayor Dobson With Danbury First Responders
The Danbury First Responders receive their Team award from the Mayor of Chelmsford.

The Mayor of Chelmsford highlighted the positive impact of the work of local volunteers around Chelmsford:

"Throughout my Mayoral year, I have met many outstanding volunteers in various groups around the City and I have been astounded at how much good work really goes on.

Today’s awards are just a snapshot of this incredible work and there are many other unsung heroes out there! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the contributions they make in helping people of all ages to improve their lives."

Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Sue Dobson

Lorraine Jarvis from Chelmsford CVS says these awards provide an opportunity to commend Chelmsford’s generous volunteers:

"Chelmsford is a place where people give and give and just keep on giving! These Awards shine the spotlight on the fantastic contribution volunteers make across the community."

Lorraine Jarvis, Chief Officer, Chelmsford CVS

Following the presentation, recipients and their families enjoyed a talk on the mayoral regalia from the Mayor and a celebration afternoon tea in the Mayor’s Parlour.

Chelmsford CVS offers help and guidance to voluntary organisations, community groups and charities across Chelmsford. To find out more about the work they do and volunteering roles available throughout the city, visit their website: www.chelmsfordcvs.org

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Cherelle Nightingill
Cherelle Nightingill

Cherelle writes about Chelmsford Theatre, Hylands Estate, Chelmsford Museum, the Mayor of Chelmsford and culture and events in the city.