The Citizen of the Year organising team are delighted to add a new member to the judging panel for the 2014 awards. Jane Holdsworth from Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) adds a wealth of knowledge in community volunteering and activism to the team.

L-R Julie Richardson (Alsters Kelley Solicitors), Jane Holdsworth (WCAVA), Nick Rogers and Roy Sandison (Brakes Trust) outside the WCAVA office in Leamington.

L-R Julie Richardson (Alsters Kelley Solicitors), Jane Holdsworth (WCAVA), Nick Rogers and Roy Sandison (Brakes Trust) outside the WCAVA office in Leamington.

WCAVA exists to promote, develop and support a vibrant voluntary and community sector, to enable local people in Warwickshire to shape and influence their communities.

In the Warwick District office, WCAVA provides support and advice through one to one consultations and forums to assist organisations with funding and organisational development. We help organisations recruit volunteers and support people to find good quality volunteering opportunities. The South Warwickshire Volunteering Forum provides an opportunity for volunteer involving organisations to share expertise and information about volunteer management. It is estimated that the 35,000 volunteers that are represented through the Forum bring £35,280,000 of income into the area through their volunteering.

Jane Holdsworth: “We know the impact that individuals bring to their communities through their volunteering and we are extremely happy to be involved in the Brakes Trust’s ‘Citizen of the Year Award’ as a celebration of community activism and volunteering. Many of the people who are nominated make a huge difference to their community and are often unrecognised because they don’t tend to shout about what they do. The Award event provides an opportunity to recognise their worth to our community”.

The full judging panel is:
Adrian Barton – Chairman of organisers the Brakes Trust
Chris Lillington – Editor, The Courier
Cathy Wahlberg – Operations and Finance Member, Alsters Kelley LLP
Jane Holdsworth – Locality Manager, WCAVA Warwick District Office

Judging panel announced