Healthier volunteering category 2015

Each year, the County Durham Volunteering Awards recognise and celebrate the fantastic work done by volunteers across County Durham.

In 2015, over 100 nominations were received across the categories of Children and Young People, Greener, Healthier, Safer, and Wealthier. In addition to the five categories, the awards also celebrated the County Durham Young Volunteer of the Year, and the Group of the Year.

The above photograph shows the winner of this category, Dorothy Bowman (second from left), receiving her award during the celebration dinner held at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield on 21 October 2015.

Find out more about the winner of this category and the shortlisted nominees below.

Dorothy Bowman - winner


Dorothy volunteers with several groups in Newton Aycliffe, including New Friends, New Places, New Pathways Together, and the Junior Neighbourhood Watch.  She always gets things done, and was instrumental in providing the Aycliffe Community Bus that is used by local groups. Her work and campaigning led to the creation of two multi-purpose Play Areas for young children, and she also set up the New Friends New Places group to provide a safe warm venue for older people to meet and enjoy a range of social activities.  Dorothy recently established New Pathways Together, a group for people suffering from Dementia She is an inspiration, working endlessly to support the health & wellbeing of others.

John Lindley

John has been volunteering with the Pioneering Care Partnership in Newton Aycliffe for 10 years as a walk leader, and has led over 500 walks in the area. He is resolutely upbeat, cracking jokes, and making newcomers welcome.  John’s walks help to provide social interaction and exercise for people, mainly elderly and widowed, who would otherwise not see anybody from one week to the next. John also understands that regular exercise benefits people who suffer from stiff joints and limbs, and motivates them to keep going.  John’s dedication ensures that the walks continue to benefit the local community. He keeps his training up to date and is keen to learn anything that will help him to advise others about their health and wellbeing.

Linda Tyman


Linda has volunteered with Greencroft Netball Club for 30 years.   Apart from her role as Chair, she supports 9 volunteers with their coaching qualifications, and 3 junior members to achieve umpiring qualifications. Linda also works with Leisureworks to provide training and support within Derwentside schools.  Through Linda’s dedication, vision and determination, Greencroft Netball Club now has 93 members, and the teams play in 5 different leagues. The 6 junior teams, which all play on Saturday mornings in Durham each need a coach, an umpire and a coordinator which Linda leads and organises. Linda has grown the club and secured training venues for 6 additional hours of coaching, supporting Derwentside residents to pursue healthier lifestyles.