Wealthier 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, Dave Woods (pictured left), receiving his award from Jan Worters MBE, Chair of Durham Community Action, 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.

Phillip Duke


Phillip is a volunteer adviser with Citizens Advice County Durham at the Chester-le-Street bureau. He previously volunteered for the CAB 19 years ago in Manchester.  He decided to volunteer locally after being made redundant, fitting his role around caring responsibilities for an elderly relative.  Phillip is very committed, and will adapt to whatever role is required of him.  He is on the rota when the bureau is open and undertakes research and chases claims outside opening hours.  Phillip has helped clients with benefits claims, and has challenged debts. He is a very dedicated individual who has also contributed to national housing research. He is a fantastic all round individual who cares about making a real difference.

Christine Kay

Christine is a remarkable lady, who has used volunteering to overcome great personal challenges in her life.  She has volunteered for Guide Dogs for the Blind, giving talks to schools and community groups and collecting in towns and at events.  Following a personal battle with her health, Christine decided to explore volunteering again, through the Pit Stop employability project at the Pioneering Care Partnership. Christine works closely with a colleague offering drop in sessions for clients at Newton Aycliffe Library to help with IT and Digital Skills. She also offers pastoral support with benefit claims. Christine and her colleague have supported 5 people into employment, and encouraged and supported 10 individuals into volunteering roles.  Christine is a tremendous role model.

Dave Woods - winner

Dave is chair of Ludworth Community Centre, working hard to ensure that the centre thrives and offers opportunities for all.  He is a good listener and is always keen to ensure that the views of young people are taken into account, recently helping them to develop the idea of a new skate park.  At the Community Centre, Dave organises social events, activities for young people, and parent toddler groups. His homemade pie and pea suppers are a community favourite. He contributes his skills, knowledge and expertise to the centre, leading from the front and taking the Community Centre members with him.  He is a true community champion who is making a real difference, whilst asking for nothing in return.