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Volunteer Swale Awards winners 2018

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Wednesday 21 March

Saying thank you to Swale

The fifth annual Volunteer Swale Awards celebrated the hard work of some of our borough’s most dedicated volunteers at a gala ceremony earlier this month.

The winners were announced at The Barnyard, Upchurch on Thursday 15 March.

More than 80 guests gathered for the celebration, where awards were given in categories including young volunteer, support for the environment and fundraising.

Judges had a challenging job to choose the winners in each of the eight categories from almost 80 nominees.

Cllr Andrew Bowles, leader of the council, said:

"We all owe Swale’s volunteers so much for their efforts, and we were delighted to once more highlight the work of some of these unsung heroes through the awards scheme."

This year’s winners:

A winning team

The team of volunteers at SATEDA, the local charity dedicated to tackling domestic abuse, are this year’s winners of the outstanding achievement award.

They were chosen because of their team’s incredible commitment to helping victims of domestic violence break free from abuse and restart their lives.

Many of the charity’s volunteers are themselves survivors of abuse, who are empowered by helping to lift others out of situations like those they once experienced.

Jo Francis, Senior Volunteer Coordinator at SATEDA , said:

"SATEDA’s volunteers are amazing. They are so dedicated, passionate and strong, we are extremely lucky to have them.

"Without them, SATEDA wouldn’t be able to help so many people looking to regain control of their lives.

"Recognition such as this is so important. It helps to show those who have suffered trauma can go on to give back to their local community and that they are invaluable part of that community."

Find out more about SATEDA's work on their website.

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