Havant Volunteer Awards 2019
- 13th June 2019
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Making Space
On 4th June 2019, our dedicated volunteer Victoria Edwards was recognised as Young Person of the Year at the Havant Volunteer Awards, an annual ceremony, organised by Community First and Havant Borough Council, celebrating the contributions of the many volunteers in the Borough. We could have easily written a post congratulating Victoria, but we thought it would be nice if she told you about it herself. So here is Victoria’s account of a memorable evening.
Hi, I’m Victoria Edwards and I have been volunteering for Making Space for around 2 years. You might have seen me around in the office or even in a young persons’ workshop!
I had the surprise and honour of being nominated for the Young Person of the Year Award and this is my story about the build up and the event itself.
I first found out about the award through a letter on the desk I normally work on. It highlighted that I had been nominated for the award and there would be a ceremony I could attend with 2 others. I first thought, once I found out the Nathan Chapman had nominated me that he should attend along with my mum who has helped with transport from time to time.
It was soon coming up to the date of the event and I was told about the need for a video about me, so I was happy to help. Paul Gonella from Strong Island Media was doing the filming and it was great fun going round doing some of my normal things but just a few times for the camera to get the best shot. We did the filming very fast and before I knew it I was back finishing some social media.
It is now the 4th June and I’m ready for the event. I walk into Havant Civic Offices and walk to the sign in desk to find that they know my name. It was a total shock as it’s normally that I know theirs first. From there I head upstairs to a room full of people and some familiar faces which I was happy to see. Nathan, my mum and myself chatted away with others joining in at times before we were called into another room which I guessed was the ceremony room.
Although, you couldn’t just sit anywhere as there was a seating plan which directed me to the Staunton table. I quickly realised that we were sat on the same table the Mayoress of Havant and Mayor’s Consort. They were so lovely to chat with and they remembered seeing me at Open Studios which was great.
The event quickly took place and the hosts started to highlight that each category had all top 3 winners there. I was so excited to see everyone gain recognition for what they do and instantly thought that I would be 3rd in the young persons category as there is some amazing young people out there. My category came first and I was so nervous all of a sudden. The lovely lady Katy from Room to Reward was presenting the award starting with 3rd place. She announced the name and it was not me. I was so surprised and then thought I’d be second but for a moment I thought why there was no video played for 3rd place so maybe…
It finally came to first place and I was shaking so much as I thought it could’t be me, but it was. My name and story was read out as I approached the stage and I could see everyone’s faces so happy which made me smile even more. Once I was on the stage they gave me an amazing certificate and trophy. They also began to play the video. It was all starting to make sense now and I saw my face on the video and instantly had to look away into the audience facing Nathan and my mum who where taking photos of this incredible memory.
After the video there was another surprise of the opportunity of a cartoon drawing of myself to be done. This incredible lady had only 10 minutes to complete it but she did an amazing job. She quickly passed the drawing to me and I was able to go back to my seat and continue to watch amazing people gain awards they deserve.
At then end of the ceremony all the awardee’s were asked to stand on the stage for a final photo before everyone went home. We were all congratulating each other as we each thought what we do was normal but I realise it’s not. Even when leaving I couldn’t stop smiling as for me the best part of the ceremony was knowing that there are so many giving people in our community!