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Volunteer Week 2021

The Turnbull (Volunteer of the Year) Award 2020

This award recognises a CSSC volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution in a particular year. Without them, CSSC couldn’t begin to offer as much as it does for members.

2020 was a challenging year for us all and the recipient of the 2020 award has made a significant impact over the past 12 challenging and difficult months. The volunteer has made a positive impact on the organisation and the volunteers and members around them.

The five volunteers shortlisted for the award are named below:

  • Robert Gillies – Grow your Own Initiative (Scotland)
  • Maria Kerr – Land Registry
  • Jef Thompson – West Riding & Craven Area Association
  • Clive Arnold – East Kent Area Association
  • Berewyn Long – South West Region

Well done and congratulations to all the Finalist.

Congratulations to Robert Gillies

The winner Robert Gillies has gone above and beyond, volunteering for CSSC during lockdown. He has instigated and managed the "Grow Your Own" initiative, encouraging CSSC members to look after their health & wellbeing by planting seeds. This initiative is open to all CSSC members and proved a big hit during lockdown. Robert leads a team of volunteers who process orders for various seeds (from the CSSC website), ensuring that each member receives their seeds in a timely manner. He's also been known to include some motivational words on the comps slip he sends with the seeds! He's really done a sterling job, supporting member's mental health during lockdown.

Robert has processed over 2500 requests for seeds from CSSC members including over 1200 requests in the first week alone. He's a great ambassador for CSSC and is raising the organisation's profile via Grow Your Own Initiative as evidenced by his meeting with Jim Harra (HMRC Permanent Secretary) where he was invited to share his volunteering story and give a background on CSSC.

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