Stevenage and North Herts volunteer recognised

Published: 27 Jun 2018


A volunteer dedicated to protecting Hertfordshire residents from fires won the District Volunteer of the Year award at a special ceremony held at County Hall last week.

Steve Waldock was named Hertfordshire County Council’s Volunteer of the Year and District Volunteer of the Year for Stevenage and North Herts at the ninth annual awards ceremony for Community Protection volunteers.

The awards celebrated the successes of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards volunteers, and the staff who work with them.

Steve is described be colleagues as an absolute pleasure to work with. He is the glue that holds together the volunteer team in North Herts and Stevenage, spending many hours coordinating the volunteers for events and organises events and patrols to meet the needs of the community and the service.

Steve said: “This award is unexpected but it's really nice to win. I think it reflects the whole volunteer team and what they do to make Hertfordshire a better place to live. As a Community Protection volunteer you make a difference to so many people's lives and I think if you can make even a small difference it's worth it.”

The volunteers were presented with their awards by Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection Darryl Keen.

Darryl said: “These awards are the service’s way of recognising and thanking committed volunteers for their fantastic work in the community. All of our volunteers give up their free time to protecting Hertfordshire residents from dangers such as fire, counterfeit goods and rogue traders. We are extremely proud and grateful to them, and the staff who work with them, for everything that they do.”

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “This year marks the Community Protection volunteer scheme’s tenth anniversary and these awards are the perfect way to celebrate the fantastic work of our Community Protection volunteers. They have made a huge difference over the years, working with the operational crews and community safety teams to increase the number of people we can reach with safety advice and practical help.”

To find out about the Hertfordshire Year of Volunteering, and all our volunteering opportunities, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/volunteering

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