At the Merton Volunteer Awards, an evening of surprises was in store for the Aurora Centre – a non-residential specialist centre for 16-25 year olds with complex needs. The centre was nominated for two categories, which was the Young Volunteer of the Year award and Volunteer of the year Award.
George Utley who is a learner was honoured to be nominated for the Young Volunteer of the Year award winning a Bronze award. The Aurora team winning a Gold for the Volunteer of the year award was the icing on the cake.
Merton Young Volunteer of the Year award recognises young individuals under the age of 19 who have excelled at their volunteering commitment. It looks to celebrate a young person who has given their time to benefit their local community and gone that extra mile. They may volunteer as part of an organisation/group or independently. The young volunteer must be nominated by a volunteer-involving organisation.
In this instance George was nominated by Jackie Watkins of Tooting and Mitcham FC for all his hard work he done this year. George has worked around 200 hours on site, helping recycle and keeping the site maintained.
Phil Steventon, the senior learner support worker and who set up the volunteering scheme with the National Trust was proud of George and said: “Well done George from everyone at the Aurora centre on your wonderful achievement. It was great to be a part of such a special evening.”
The students have been attending weekly and have been recognised for the action they have taken to make a difference to the community in Merton.