The Heart of Salford Volunteer Award 2011 was awarded to Rachel Owen for her work with The Children's Society’s Salford Children’s Rights project.
Rachel was nominated for the award by staff at the project, where she has been volunteering as an independent visitor since 2006. Since then, she has befriended two looked-after young people, one of whom she has been with for almost four years.
Life can be very difficult for young people brought up in care. Independent visitors like Rachel build relationships with young people to help bring stability to their lives. Having somebody independent to offer a listening ear, as well as emotional support, can make a massive difference.
Rachel said: 'I spend a few hours with John at least twice a month. We play badminton or go mountain biking together. I love volunteering at the project and am thrilled to receive this award'.
John said: 'Rachel is fun and she is good to talk to. She's got loads of energy, just like me!'
Rachel was presented with the award at a ceremony at Buile Hill Park Hall, accompanied by her fiancé Andy.
Salford Children's Rights independent visitor co-ordinator Humma Nizami said: 'We can’t speak highly enough of Rachel. Her role is vital and we feel she should be commended for her constant support and commitment, not only to the young person that she visits regularly, but also Salford Children's Rights Service. Everybody at The Children's Society is delighted that Rachel has received the Heart of Salford Adult Volunteer Award 2011'.
If you'd like to find out more about volunteering for The Children's Society, phone 0845 300 1128 or visit our website.
For more information please contact David Dinnage in The Children's Society press office on 020 7841 4422 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editors
- The Children's Society wants to create a society where children can be children, childhood is respected and every child is valued for who they are. Our approach is driven by our Christian values and by the voices of children and young people, who are at the heart of all we do. In 2009 The Children's Society published The Good Childhood Inquiry, the UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood. Its aims were to renew society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children. The Children's Society is continuing to improve this understanding of issues affecting children through all of its ongoing work.
- Salford Children's Rights was established in 1995 funded by the local authority, Salford City Council, working with children and young people from Salford who are in care or living in care.