The Cardinal Hume Centre scooped two of the awards at the 2014 Westminster Community Awards ceremony, winning the Partnership award for its joint work with Land Securities and Outstanding Organisation award for its English for speakers of other languages service (ESOL).
Rachel Applegate and ESOL Volunteers Regina Quaye and Nadia Thompson
The ceremony held at the Paddington Hilton on June 5th was organised by Westminster City Council and One Westminster. It takes place each year during Volunteers Week, an annual celebration of the contribution made by volunteers across the UK. The Centre has over 100 volunteers including the team of English class teachers and one-to-one tutors in skills such as IT, literacy and numeracy. Volunteers are also involved in the Centre’s jobs club, advice and assessment service and fundraising as well as working in its charity shop. Cathy Corcoran, Chief Executive of the Centre, said: “We are really proud that the hard work and commitment of our volunteers have been recognised by these awards.” Speaking at a barbecue and social event for all the Centre volunteers on the same day, she thanked the volunteers for their 300 hours of professional expertise which they donate every week. ￼
Maria Dardanou, Land Securities and Patricia Marron, Cardinal Hume Centre
“Without our volunteers’ help we would simply not have the capacity to respond to growing need for our services – up to 40% on last year. As the impact of cuts continues to be felt, their contribution is invaluable.”