Volunteer Celebration Day held at Sandwell was a great success.

Awards were given out on the day to recognise volunteers that have given up their time to make a difference to someone's life.

 On the 13th of September Sandwell POhWER held a volunteer celebration day that gave recognition and value to the good work POhWER volunteers do.

 Trustee John Barzey attended and gave a speech to show his appreciation he said:

“This year POhWER celebrates coming of age. POhWER was started by a small group of quite extra ordinary people who began to feel that their needs were not always catered for and decided to do something about it, by forming their own charity. Thanks to their grit, determination and foresight they finally managed to register their organisation as a charity which has grown from strength to strength and continues to grow. They named it POhWER.

 I do not know for certain if our volunteers have always felt valued. I hope that all of you do and I am here to tell you that you are. I do believe that our charitable institution would not be able to function without the help and support of the volunteers.

 I am here as a member of POhWER’s Board of Trustees on behalf of our Chairman, Mark Gray, to tell you we value your contribution and offer our congratulations on your achievements and would like to thank you all very much.”

Trustee John Barz

 Two of the awards given out on the day where:

 Long Services Award

 This award went to Balwinder Nota that joined POhWER on the 1st of September 2014, she started working at IAASC supporting the staff with general admin duties and then moved on to Support Ann Hayward at the Sandwell office.

Volunteer Balwinder Nota 


Volunteer of the Year

 This award went to Heather Barrett, since joining POhWER Heather has been an asset to the team in regards to supporting advocates within Sandwell. Heather can always be relied upon for her commitment and support of the community advocacy services.

Volunteer Heather Barrett