Volunteer of the Year
Ernie Oliver has volunteered all his life.
The 93-year-old can often be seen taking part in litter picks and clean ups in Cudworth and his ability to motivate and organise others has had a lasting effect on his community and the surrounding area.
He volunteers on the Cudworth Ward Alliance and is always on hand to help at the annual Cudworth Tea in the Park gala.
The sense of giving back is particularly important to Ernie, who has previously said he will retire perhaps when he reaches 100.
Having collected his award, Ernie said: “I'm feeling excellent. I'm very proud but I must mention that I am part of a team of about five or six.
“I would rather help people than receive help and when I got to bed at night I think about if I have done some good today. And if not, I tear a strip off myself and make sure I do something good every day.
“I do what I can and don't like to grumble.”
We all know someone who has selflessly devoted themselves to a cause not because they are paid, but because they believe in it.
We want you to nominate these people for our Volunteer of the Year award and show them that we recognise their invaluable contribution to our community and value their good work.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- Does your nominee volunteer for a local charity?
- Do they run a kids football team or organise a neighbourhood watch scheme?
- Are they a regular hospital visitor, dementia friend or on the board of school governors?
So long as they are not paid a salary for the work that they do, you can enter them in this category.
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Lorraine Copley, assistant principal for Higher Education, said: “University Campus Barnsley offers a great option for students who want to continue their education without moving away from the town. We are committed to giving our students the skills and support needed to go on to achieve great things. Our latest destination of leavers’ survey results show 92 per cent of our students went on to work or further study within six months of graduating which shows just how UCB can prepare you for the next step on your journey.
“We are very pleased to be supporting the Proud of Barnsley Awards once again and are looking forward to hearing the truly inspiring stories of the volunteers nominated in our category. Lots of our students get involved in volunteering during their time at UCB through our Student Union and course placements and we recognise the valuable contribution volunteers make to their communities.”
Assistant Principal for Higher Education