Warwickshire Vision Support – Excellence Award Winners 2020

We asked both volunteers and service users to nominate volunteers who they thought had gone above and beyond in supporting visually impaired people across the whole of Warwickshire.  All of the Volunteers of Warwickshire Vision Support do an amazing job and they all deserve an award.  With over 250 volunteers who perform roles including Trustees, Treasurers, Club Leaders, Home Visitors, Drivers, Admin Support, Web Site Development and IT Trainers, it is hard to identify individuals worthier than the next.  There are many roles in which volunteers play a vital part that are not mentioned here, details of which are found on our main volunteering page.
This year we have identified 11 volunteers who have been nominated for going above and beyond.  Please join us in celebrating Volunteers Week 2020 by visiting our social media pages and ‘liking’ ‘following’ and ‘re-tweeting’ our posts in support of our volunteers.

Peter Muscott, IT Volunteer Stratford

Peter Muscott volunteers as an IT Trainer and works from within our Stratford-upon-Avon Vision Support Centre. His role involves him assisting and training visually impaired people to use smart and android phone and tablet devices and enabling them to connect with the internet.

One of his Nominator’s said "Peter is so friendly and patient, he takes his time and explains everything so well, what would we do without him."

Linda Willett, Rugby Hamilton House Club

Linda Willett is a volunteer with the Hamilton House Social Club in Rugby.

Linda goes above and beyond and helps club members out even when she is not volunteering. "Linda has helped me out on many occasions and nothing is too much trouble," said one Nominator.

Linda has been volunteering for over 5 years.

David Frankum, Home Visitor Nuneaton

David Frankum is a Home Visitor Volunteer in Nuneaton. David has been volunteering for 10 years and commits a full day to his home visits each week.

One Nominator commented "He goes above and beyond to rearrange visits to accommodate service users. He helps out with paperwork and filing and keeps records up to date."

David volunteers for more than one charity but gives that little bit extra to Warwickshire Vision Support.

Maggie Durston, Home Visitor Southam

Maggie Durston and High Sheriff Joe Greenwell

Maggie Durston has been volunteering for 20 years for Warwickshire Vision Support and is a Home Visitor and Club Helper.

A Nominator said "Maggie is amazing in so many ways, she has been a stalwart volunteer for many years". "Maggie has looked after so many visually impaired people in the Southam area and has continued to maintain contact with them even after they leave the area."

Myles Gillan, Coleshill Club

Myles Gillan is a volunteer and is the Leader for the Coleshill Club. Myles who is visually impaired himself has been volunteering for just over a year. He jumped in at the deep end of volunteering and opted to run a club and has reinvigorated it and increased membership.

His Nominator said "Myles is always Jolly and helpful. He has gone the extra mile by arranging refreshments from the local supermarket, booking our taxis and always being there to help or on the end of the telephone."

Karyl and Roger Rees, Alcester Club

Karyl and Roger Rees are a husband and wife volunteering team who run the Alcester Social Club for Visually Impaired People. They have both been volunteering for over 5 years and not only run the club but also providing transport for the service users.

One of their Nominators said "Karyl and Roger do a wonderful job, we are so grateful for what they do for us. The Alcester Club is a lovely welcoming place to come and nothing is too much trouble for them”. “All of the volunteers do an amazing job."

Kay Shaw, Rugby VIP Club

Kay Shaw is a volunteer and Leader of the Rugby VIP Club. Kay has been volunteering for over 5 years. Kay is responsible for managing a team of volunteers who run this busy club with over 30 members.

Kay never says ‘no’ and goes above and beyond every week making the club a very welcoming and enriching place.

Kay’s nominator said "Kay is so worthy of an award, she does so much for us all, she is so positive with a can-do attitude that makes such a difference to our lives."

Lynne Rock, Atherstone Club

Lynne Rock has been volunteering for over 5 years and is currently one of the main driving forces behind the Atherstone Social Club for Visually Impaired People.

Lynne is ‘loved’ by the service users who attend the club and missed dearly during these challenging COVID 19 times.

One of Lynne’s Nominators said "Lynne makes a real difference, she is not just a volunteer but a friend to whom we are very grateful for her support."

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Daphne Bartlam

Daphne ‘Dink’ Bartlam has been volunteering for Warwickshire Vision Support for over 40 years. Daphne has now retired as a volunteer and has become a ‘member’ of the club where she volunteers for many years in Atherstone.

In recognition of Daphne’s long service to Warwickshire Vision Support and to visually impaired people in the Atherstone area she is awarded an Excellence in Volunteering Award 2020.


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Claire Parker

Claire Parker is a volunteer at the Nuneaton Vision Support Centre and the Nuneaton & Bedworth Social Club for Visually Impaired People.

One of Claire’s Nominators said "Claire is consistently helpful and always friendly and goes the extra mile. She loves to chat and listen and if I arrive with my guide dog and it has been raining she will always take my coat to dry and ensures we are comfortable." "Claire is very considerate and what she does makes a real difference."

The last award given out this year goes to Mark Chamberlain who joined us as a COVID 19 Volunteer. Mark is a NHS Worker who volunteered whilst he was self-isolating. Mark assisted with the 3000+ welfare calls that we made to visually impaired people in March. On a daily basis for a couple of weeks during self-isolation, Mark literally stormed through the welfare checks. It wasn’t that Mark was quick at making calls, he was efficient and thorough and embraced the challenge head on. Not being a regular volunteer for us is what made Mark stand out. With a quick telephone introduction to the charity he ran head first into the challenge and as a direct result really helped so many vulnerable visually impaired people. Thank you Mark on behalf of the staff, volunteers and service users of Warwickshire Vision Support.

Since March 2020, every single volunteer whether long established or newly recruited has gone above and beyond.  With their help we have supported hundreds of visually impaired people across the whole of Warwickshire.  A huge thank you to all of the volunteers of Warwickshire Vision Support.