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Volunteer award win for Daniel and Phillip

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Two volunteers from Warwickshire are celebrating after winning a top-volunteering award from Bromford, a social business providing affordable homes and specialist support to people across Warwickshire.

Daniel Banner, age 34, from Studley and Phillip Babb, age 50, from Stratford both volunteer at their local ‘Hub’, an initiative set up by Bromford Support and Warwickshire County Council to support people with learning disabilities across the region.

The ‘Be Your Best’ volunteer award was presented to the joint-winners at Bromford’s annual colleague conference ‘The Bash’, with the pair receiving a special ‘Be Your Best’ badge and a £50 gift voucher from executive director Nick Cummins.

The award was open to volunteers from Bromford’s many schemes who not only give their own time to help others, but go beyond what is expected. This could be using their time to support others, making a real connection to service users, achieving exceptional outcomes with customers or even coming up with ideas to help Bromford improve it’s service.

A judging panel also looked for volunteers whose work had a positive impact on their own lives.

Daniel BannerDaniel, who suffers from Noonan Syndrome, was put forward by Studley Hub Advisor Trevor because of his unwavering commitment for helping others. Trevor said, “Nothing is too much trouble for Daniel. He’s always here on time and ready to get stuck in and goes out of his way to support others and get them involved with activities at the hub.

“Daniel lost his mom when he was 16 and has had to fend for himself ever since. People in the village have said he now walks around with his head held high, a spring in his step and confidence higher than ever before. The change in Daniel since becoming a volunteer has been amazing and a joy to see. Daniel may only be 4ft tall but his heart and will is double that!”

Stratford Hub advisor Jessica Tunley nominated Phillip because of his great motivation and his hard work, ‘always going the extra mile to help out at the Hub.’

Phil, who also has learning disabilities, collected his award with Daniel in front of 1200 Bromford colleagues at the conference in Birmingham. He said, “I think it’s a massive achievement that I have managed to do something good for the community. Now that I have won the award I can say that I’ve made something of myself because all my family didn’t think I could do anything on my own. I’ve proved everyone wrong and shown that I can do it!”

“There were so many reasons I put Phillip forward for the award,” explains Hub Advisor Jessica. “From offering great suggestions on how to engage more with the local community to the fantastic rapport he has with customers, Phil always makes sure that everyone feels welcome and included.

“A well known member of the Stratford community, Phil is a fantastic advocate for our Hubs. He passionately spreads the message that adults with learning disabilities deserve to have choice and opportunities to help them to be the best that they can be. Phil has a brilliant way of speaking up about people like himself who have learning disabilities.”

Jess believes the volunteer work Phillip has done for Bromford has seen him come a long way. “He is so much more confident and cheerful, he’s made lots of new friends as well as welcoming old friends to the hub and has gained a huge sense of capability and responsibility.”

The Hubs are now open to anyone with learning disabilities to attend and are open between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, with Hub Advisors on site to lend a hand during those times. Hubs are currently running in Studley, Leamington, Stratford and Atherstone.

To find our more information on courses available or to run your own session at a local Hub, phone Senior Support Worker Hen Reynolds on 01789 260673.