British Prime Minister David Cameron sent a special message of thanks to volunteers and community workers to win awards last month at a special ceremony in Oxford sponsored by local business, Integration Technology Ltd (ITL).
Individuals and groups from across the county were being recognised for their work at this year’s Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Awards (OCVA) at the city’s Town Hall.
In a special video message to the audience, Mr Cameron said the event “show-cases some outstanding examples of the diverse, energetic and passionate work going on around the county”.
“…we know there are well over three thousand charities and community groups in Oxfordshire, and they all deserve recognition,” he said.
“In Oxfordshire, almost a third of the adult population volunteers at least once a month – that is higher than the national average.
“So let’s also not forget about those who aren’t collecting an award today, but who are just as important and indispensable to those organisations that they volunteer for.”
More than 140 nominations for the awards were received by awards organisers Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA).
A total of 59 volunteers from were awarded for their services, before a number of the county’s charities were honoured in various categories. Awards were presented by the judging panel which comprised; Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire; William Alden MBE, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire; Helen Baker, Chair of the Trustees for OCVA; and ITL Managing Director, Adrian Lockwood
A local employer and community supporter, ITL has been based in Oxfordshire since its formation in 2000.
Said managing director Adrian Lockwood: “We’ve grown by integrating with our community, offering both employment opportunity and going to schools and colleges to advise leavers on their careers in UK industry.
“As a local employer committed to the county and to people, we share the aims and aspirations of OCVA, so it’s a real honour to be the main sponsor for this year’s OCVA Awards.”