Horsham youngster awarded for community spirit

A YOUNG volunteer has won an award for her hard work and dedication in helping other youngsters.

Collyer’s student Siobhan Hawes, 17 from Horsham has been volunteering at weekends and after college for Horsham District Council at local youth sporting events for the last eighteen months. Siobhan is a keen cyclist and, amongst other things, helped at the mountain bike club for 5-10 year olds, run by the Council.

Initially her main volunteer role was in supporting the new Horsham Youth Cycling Club, running at Forest School on Saturday mornings where she developed as a very capable and well respected deliverer. She also became British Cycling Young Leader trained and has also gained some competition officiating experience.

As well as being a keen cyclist, Siobhan has also led in other activities. She qualified as an urban rebound leader and has volunteered to assist at rounders taster sessions and on holiday excursions including activities such as climbing abseiling and archery.

Latterly she has progressed into some paid work as a support worker on the Council’s Aiming High programme of sports and arts for disabled children and is specifically involved in badminton, dance sessions and video production.

Siobhan was presented with an award for her hard work and dedication at the British Cycling Awards ceremony held at The Hilton in Birmingham on Thursday 26 February.

Speaking of Siobhan’s volunteer work, Ian Ford, Sports Development Officer at Horsham District Council, said: “Siobhan has shown herself to be a competent and reliable volunteer. She is polite, sensitive to people’s needs, likeable and is building an excellent reputation within the team and with partners such as British Cycling.

“We have been really pleased with her outstanding efforts.”

There are many ways in which local residents help Horsham District Council through volunteering. People of all ages have been involved volunteering with Horsham District Council’s Leisure Link team and Siobhan is a shining example. Other activities that volunteers have been involved in include activities for disabled people, junior sports activities, health walks and older person’s activities. Currently Leisure Link works with around 100 volunteers a week across its programmes.

Other volunteers for the Council have been involved in the Horsham District Live Music Alliance, which was established ten years ago, and Blue Oasis, which is a club night for people with learning disabilities.

Horsham District Council also aims to support young people through offering work experience and projects, such as Horsham Children Can Do.

To find out more please visit www.horsham.gov.uk or email community.development@horsham.gov.uk