Times are hard, but volunteers keep giving – and winning awards – Young Person category – Alice Frobisher
Despite current hardship caused by the recession, Wales’s premier volunteer awards scheme is proving that people are continuing to give their time for the benefit of others. The ninth annual Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards took place on Tuesday (12 June) saw groups and individuals receiving recognition for their efforts to make the country a better place.
The Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)awards were given out at Cardiff Castle by BBC Wales TV and radio personality Frank Hennessy to winners in the five nomination categories of individuals, young people (under 25 years), groups, ‘green’ volunteers and trustees. The awards scheme is the opportunity to repay their efforts by saying thank you on a national stage.
Young Person category – Alice Frobisher, Meliden, Denbighshire
A volunteer since she was just nine years old, Alice Frobisher has battled through injuries and illnesses to inspire people of all ages. Having started out a decade ago with Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, at the age of 10 – on her own initiative – she sold bric-a-brac at charity coffee mornings and gave the proceeds to the charity. Alice, from Meliden in Denbighshire, went on to volunteer at her local Shelter charity shop and North Clwyd Animal Rescue Shop, as well as take part in a series of sponsored walks and runs.
Now aged 19, she is a guide leader, a young swimmers’ coach at Prestatyn Swimming Club, helps out at the Rhyl and Prestatyn Gymnastics Club, is a junior sailing coach at Penmaenmawr Sailing Club and a shopping buddy at Sainsbury’s in Rhyl. On top of her regular volunteering, Alice became a North Wales Young Dragon in 2010, helping to raise more than £12,000 for local charities. In the past two years, she has spent time in hospital suffering from a number of serious illnesses.
‘Alice has overcome numerous sporting injuries and stays in hospital due to illness, but still goes above and beyond the call of the average volunteer,’ said nominator Nigel Acott, Town Clerk/Financial Officer with Prestatyn Town Council.
‘It shows through her bubbly personality, caring nature and leadership skills that she is an inspiration to not just those of her own age and below, but also to people of all ages in the local and national community.’
Alice said: ‘The WCVA Wales Volunteer of the Year Award just makes me think how worth while helping others can be. I really get so much fun out of my volunteering, from seeing the progress made by the young people I coach in swimming and gymnastics to skimming over the waves coaching junior sailors. As Young Dragons/Dreigiau Ifanc – and there are a few of us – even collecting money for charity is fun. I would like to thank Mr Acott, the Prestatyn Town Clerk, for nominating me for this Award.’