The Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park has been named Friends of Group of the Year as part of Volunteer Awards Month.
December is Volunteer Awards Month to round off the Year of Volunteering campaign, which is run jointly by Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) and Cheshire West and Chester Council to celebrate all the fantastic work volunteers do in their communities.
The Friends of Countess of Chester Country Park was set up back in 2017 and is part of a dedicated team of volunteers helping maintain and improve the Countess of Chester Country Park. The group goes out of its way to be inclusive, working closely with organisations like Vivo Care Choices to provide opportunities for people who have additional needs.
During the pandemic, many of the outdoor sessions have been aimed at those who have been anxious to go out because of COVID-19 and become socially isolated. The Friends of the Countess was also chosen by The Friendly Bench CIC to have one of its community hubs installed at the Country Park in October. These are designed to help combat social isolation by providing an opportunity for people to meet up with one another, albeit in a socially distanced and safe manner for now.
Andy Scargill, Chair of the Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park, said: “This is fantastic news and comes on the tail end of a few other awards we’ve picked up this year.
“We’ve worked hard during the pandemic. Not to win awards, but to keep the spirit of volunteering alive and all our plates spinning until it’s safe to resume normal service.
“We’d like to thank our amazing team of volunteers for all the brilliant work they do.”
Photo taken before COVID-19 pandemic