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Oxfordshire charities and volunteers celebrate awards

By John Charlton

The 2017 Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards was held at Oxford Town Hall last night (May 9) attended by hundreds of volunteers, charities and dignitaries.

The awards, organised by Oxfordshire Community and Volunteer Action, help celebrate the great work undertaken by charitable organisations and individuals across the county.

The Individual awards were sponsored by Oxfordshire Community Foundation and over 50 volunteers were presented with certificates. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Hassan Sabri of the East Oxford United Football Club for his tireless work in supporting the organisation.

There were ten category awards for charities including best new group, best innovation, environmental, best community project and best team of volunteers. The Charity of the Year Award was presented to One-Eighty, which works with young people providing positive learning experiences. John Howard, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire presented the category awards to the following winners:

Best New Group Award – Incredible Edible Hook Norton
Innovation Award – Handy Voices Signing Choir
Environmental Award – Charlbury Green Hub – Sharecroppers
Management of Volunteer Awards – The Hummingbird Cancer Support & Therapy Centre
Working Together Award – Thrive/Leys Youth Programme
Best Community Project – Sandford Talking Shop
Good Neighbour Award – Bicester Good Neighbour Scheme
Best Team of Volunteers Award – Oxford Homless Pathways
Lifetime Achievement Award – Archway Foundation
Charity of the Year – One-Eighty

Further details from OCVA at www.ocva.org.uk