Hub volunteer Charlotte picks up her second award

Charlotte Willer (centre) has picked up a second volunteering award ANL-161021-145844001
Charlotte Willer (centre) has picked up a second volunteering award ANL-161021-145844001

A young volunteer from Sudbury has scooped her second award in as many months, recognising her outstanding contribution to her community.

Charlotte Willer, 19 was awarded the Andrew Towers Young Volunteer of the Year Award by Community Action Suffolk at a ceremony held in Stowmarket last week.

Charlotte has volunteered at The Befriending Scheme’s Sudbury Hub for the past year, helping vulnerable adults to enjoy social activities and friendship.

She has also raised funds for the charity through craft sales and helped people to lower their energy bills as part of the Suffolk Switched on Programme.

Charlotte’s efforts saw her win The Befriending Scheme’s Young Person of the Year Award last month and the selection panel for the CAS Awards were equally impressed by Charlotte’s dedication and the massive strides she has made in her own life.

CAS presented Charlotte the Andrew Towers Award, which is given to a young person who has made a significant contribution to their community and is named after Andrew, who was a prominent member of Monks Eleigh Youth Club.

Charlotte said: “It was a bit of a surprise to be honest. I didn’t expect it to happen, it was lovely and has been quite important to me.

“I like having a good time with people, I love it when the members come out of their shells, like when someone who is non-verbal and after a few weeks they say something to you.”

Young person’s coordinator, Will Ginno added: “I am so pleased Charlotte has been recognised for her volunteering. She is such a fantastic person; so kind, thoughtful and supportive of all our members. Charlotte is a real inspiration to everyone at The Befriending Scheme and to all our young volunteers.”