Bond Volunteer Award longlist
The Volunteer Award celebrates exceptional individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the organisation and the sector.
Below, you can see the longlist of nominations. Click on the organisation below to see which volunteer they have submitted for this award and for what reason.
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Henry Pomeroy - Chase Africa
Henry joined CHASE Africa in 2012 as the unpaid CEO. For the past eight years he has worked tirelessly on an entirely voluntary basis to grow the size and impact of the organisation. Henry has given not only his time, but his house to CHASE Africa as the office to keep overheads low and enable more funds to go overseas.
Henry has used his great wealth of experience and skills to grow the organisation from two volunteers to eight people, increasing the annual turnover of £36k to £450k and from supporting two community-based organisations in Kenya to 11 organisations across East Africa.
Hester Poole - Ethiopiaid
Hester is an 11 year old visually impaired school girl who visited to the Mekele Blind School, in Tigray Ethiopia. She met the students and experienced what school life is like for them. She wants every child to have the opportunity to attend school and have the resources they need.
Hester has fundraised over £27,000 for the blind school through a cake sale at school, a xmas concert and by taking part in the Womens First 5k Run in March 2019, in Addis Ababa. She wants the funds to be used to provide extra support for the children by improving the safety of the school environment, sports equipment, and a programme of enrichment activities (music, crafts, sports).
Dr Shabnam Rangwala - MAITS
Leading clinical work of disability charity as a volunteer, Dr Shabnam Rangwala is an experienced healthcare professional who has pioneered the South-to-South training on disability for the charity MAITS to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities in the global south.
In this small charity, Shabnam has been the clinical lead and has led on rolling out the Community Health Worker programme in India, Jamaica and Sri Lanka so that children with disabilities and their families can receive practical support in their own homes from trained staff. Her training in Sri Lanka reached 700 children with disabilities.
Claire Byrne - MapAction
Claire has led MapAction's software development team since 2012, applying her skills and knowledge as a volunteer to shape the development of tools that greatly improve the timely access to vital visual information and analysis for those coordinating responses to humanitarian emergencies.
She’s made a huge difference to MapAction's work, in turn impacting the lives of millions of people. Her team created a software tool that enables all the mapping volunteers to configure, layout and export maps in accordance with MapAction's high standards. This speeds up map production while ensuring quality, making maps available to emergency responders quickly and consistently.
Dr Keith Thomson - Mercy Ships UK
Dr Keith first volunteered with Mercy Ships in Africa in 1990. Since then he has travelled to the continent 77 times and visited 18 African nations both to serve with Mercy Ships and through the conferences he organises himself to teach safe anaesthesia courses.
Dr keith organised his first training conference in Uganda in 2007 and has since organised a total of 34 training conferences, seven of which were held onboard the Africa Mercy. He has served with Mercy Ships 24 times, including on one memorable occasion when he had to perform an emergency intubation after a riot.
Dr Michelle Le Cheminant - Orbis UK
Dr Michelle Le Cheminant became a volunteer with international eye-care charity Orbis in May 2017. At this time, she was the organisations first "associate" anaesthetist. The associate programme takes ophthalmologists in their final years of training, to support Orbis teaching programmes in a non-surgical capacity.
Following a recommendation from a long-standing Orbis volunteer regarding an exceptional young anaesthetist they were working with, Michelle joined the charity on its unique Flying Eye Hospital, during a programme in Binh Dinh, Vietnam for two weeks. Here she supported the training of local anaesthetists, both on board the aeroplane and within the local hospital.
Jim Sewell and Tessa Murray - Restless Development
Co-founders Jim and Tessa have grown Restless Development’s Schools Triathlon Series from an ambitious idea in 2015 to one of the largest sporting fundraising events aimed at young people in the UK. Over the past 4 years, over 9,000 children aged between 7-12 have taken part, raising over £1 million for Restless Development and over 60 other charities.
The event is non-competitive and encourages children of all abilities to take part, including children with severe disabilities. Schools and local sporting clubs use the event to build confidence in children by teaching them how to swim and ride a bike.
Ann Njeri Wambui - Voluntary Services Overseas
Ann has been instrumental in implementing the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) project, which supports Rohingya refugee children to heal and thrive through the provision of early years education. Before Ann volunteered with VSO, she was a teacher trainer for seven years, and before that an early years teacher for five.
For the past year, Ann has been volunteering with Rohingya refugee children, and has brought together professional volunteers, community volunteers and a set of project staff to train fifty young women as "teachers" (Big Sisters) who deliver early years education to 1,500 children within the Rohingya refugee camps.