Young volunteer of the year 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, Andrew Donnelly (pictured left), receiving his award from Councillor Jan Blakey, Chair of Durham County Council, 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.

Andrew Donnelly - winner


Andrew has been a volunteer at ‘Kids Club’, Ushaw Moor since he was 14 years old, initially promoting activities and assisting with younger children. Over the last 2 years he has organised discos, birthday parties and held a fund raising event for the club. Andrew has established a ‘Junior Reporters’ group that produces a quarterly newsletter, providing readers with news articles about the club. Andrew’s volunteering has made a massive difference in the community. His continued enthusiasm has helped to increase membership, and improved the relationship between the local community and young people in the area. Andrew is a positive role model for all young people to follow with a genuine desire to help the community.

Ross Kirkpatrick

Ross has played at Waldridge Park Junior Football Club for over seven seasons and is a valued and well liked player. He always participates in club activities with little fuss, and possesses a positive 'can do' attitude.  He has recently undertaken a First4Sport level one coaching qualification in his own time, enabling him to lead training sessions and manage the team during games on a weekend. Ross has contributed well over two hundred hours of his own time to the football club.  He has had a major impact on the children, but over and above that Ross has shown a huge number of adults that they should have faith in young people. Ross continues to serve as an excellent role model to the other coaches in the club.

Alice Morton


Alice has been involved with many local groups in the Easington Village area from a young age, including the brownies, guides, local church and in bloom group.  She helps with trips and activities and fundraises to help sustain the local Church.  She is a member of the social / fundraising committee and has recently secured funding to provide ‘help yourself’ herb planters within the village. Alice also established the Easington Village Scarecrow Competition and is the organiser.  Alice is an exceptional young person who at only 18 years old, is studying for a BA yet still finds the time to volunteer for many activities within her community.  She never seeks personal credit and does it to make her community a better place.