Award nomination for athletic volunteer
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
ATHLETE and volunteer Keith Binney has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for his work with athletics clubs across Yorkshire.
ATHLETE and volunteer Keith Binney has been nominated for his work with athletics clubs across Yorkshire.
Keith, of Burnsway, Wath, has been nominated as volunteer of the year by his friend David Haywood.
He has been involved with Barnsley Athletics Club for a number of years, where he is now a track and field mentor.
"He still races in the over 60s although he's much slower now," joked David.
"I find him a remarkable person. The hours he gives to the sport amount to hundreds but it is his willingness, encouragement and commitment which set him apart from his colleagues.
"He has suffered many injuries over the years but 14 years ago he was diagnosed with testicular and lung cancer...he eventually beat that.
"No surprises there to a remarkable devotee of the sport."
Community Group Sponsor
Voluntary Action Barnlsey
Barnsley S70 2JW
Telephone: 01226 320100www.vabarnsley.org.uk
Voluntary Action Barnsley has been in Barnsley for over 30 years and offers opportunities for people living in the borough to get involved in their local community.
The organisation, based at The Core, has a range of opportunities available, including becoming a volunteer for a community group or voluntary organisation. Anyone can become a volunteer for an organisation and it gives people a chance to learn new skills, increase their confidence and make a difference to their local community.
Voluntary Action Barnsley is working with businesses in the area who want to give something back to their local community. Employer Supported Volunteering and Corporate Volunteering allows organisations to show they are committed to supporting projects in the locality, with staff given the opportunity to get involved in volunteering as well.
Voluntary Action Barnsley is the contract holder of Healthwatch Barnsley, the independent local consumer champion for health and social care services. Healthwatch Barnsley provides an advice, information and signposting service to the public as well as gathering views and comments from people accessing health and social services in the Barnsley area. These views are then fed back to service providers to ensure that everyone living in Barnsley has access to the best health and social care services possible.
David Brannan, chairman of Voluntary Action Barnsley, says the organisation wanted to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards because they know how hard community groups work every day of the year across Barnsley and want this to be recognised in our town.
Mr Brannan, said: “We are really proud to be sponsoring the Community Group of the Year category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.
“We know how hard community groups work and the dedication that goes into these groups to make sure that local communities have access to services every day of the year.”