Sharing the Active Devon Volunteer Awards 2023 Winners’ Stories

Meet the incredible volunteers who have won the 2023 Active Devon Volunteer Awards!

Following a shortlist of nominees being selected and the winners for the 2023 Active Devon Volunteer Awards announced, we are delighted to share the winners’ stories, captured in these short videos.

The Active Devon Volunteer Awards provide the opportunity for people to nominate amazing volunteers from across Devon. Volunteers who give their time, dedication and commitment towards helping others in their community be active for improved health and wellbeing.

Across the seven award categories, the Active Devon team have enjoyed meeting this year’s winners’, presenting the award and celebrating their achievements.

These short videos capture our winners’ stories, showcasing the inspiring work that they do.

The Active Devon Volunteer Awards have once again highlighted the incredible impact that volunteers are making in our communities. We thank everyone who took the time to nominate and congratulate all of Devon’s volunteers – your commitment keeps us all moving and helps to transform lives!

Cara, who is a volunteer at Plymouth Mayflower Specials, is receiving Active Devon's Outstanding Young Volunteer Award for 2023. She is stood at the club holding the glass award, with Alan and Maureen, who nominated her, stood either side of Cara. There's ribbons , balloons and banners behind them.

Cara Receiving the Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year Award 2023

The video below shows Cara Baer, a volunteer at Plymouth Mayflower Specials, receiving her award. Care talks about what this means to her and why she volunteers. Plus, Maureen, a Trustee at Plymouth Mayflower Specials, says why she nominated Cara.

David Receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Inclusion Award 2023

The video below shows David Vinall receiving his award. David, who volunteers at the Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford talks about the impact volunteering has. Mark, a Trustee at the Centre, also explains what an amazing job David does.

A group photo of people who volunteer for The Wave Project. They are stood inside with a big window behind them. One person is holding a surf board and through the window, in the distance is the sea, sand and shoreline cliffs with green fields.

The Wave Project Devon Team Receiving the Volunteering Team of the Year Award 2023

In the video below, several volunteers at different locations across Devon for The Wave Project, talk about why they volunteer and the impact it has. It also shows Ian, from The Wave Project, explaining how the volunteers make such a difference.

Dan, a volunteer at Ilfracombe Rugby Club, is being presented with Active Devon's North Devon District and Torridge Volunteer Award for 2023. He is stood inside the club holding the glass award, with two members of the Active Devon team stood both sides of Dan, clapping.

Dan Receiving the North Devon District and Torridge Award 2023

The video below shows Dan Turton, who volunteers at Ilfracombe Rugby Club, receiving his award and talking about his volunteering journey and why he volunteers. It also includes Kerry, who explains why she nominated Dan and the impact he makes.

Damian, a volunteer at Free Spirit Taekwondo in Seaton, is receiving Active Devon's East Devon District, Mid Devon District and Exeter Volunteer Award for 2023. Damian is stood at the club, in the middle of lots of children, young people and adults who attend the club. He is holding the glass award and they all all wearing Taekwondo uniforms.

Damian Receiving the East Devon District, Mid Devon District and Exeter Award 2023

The video below shows Damian Burton receiving his award. Damian, who volunteers at Free Spirit Taekwondo in Seaton, explains why he volunteers and what this award means to him. Plus, other in the video talk about the impact Damian makes.

An Active Devon team member is presenting Chris with a glass award for Active Devon's West Devon District and Plymouth Volunteer Award 2023. They are stood in a dance studio with participants clapping and Chris is proudly holding up his ward.

Chris Receiving the West Devon District and Plymouth Award 2023

The video below shows Chris Gilchrist, a volunteer at Rhythm City Dance Studio in Plymouth, receiving his award. Chris talks about how he loves volunteering and making a difference to people’s lives. Others in the video also explain how valued Chris is.

Louise, a volunteer at Winner Street Walkers/Walking Works Wonders in Paignton and Newton Abbot, is receiving Active Devon's South Hams District, Teignbridge and Torbay Volunteer Award for 2023. Louise is next to Celia, who nominated Louise for the award, and they are stood in front of a brick wall inside a cafe.

Louise Receiving the South Hams District, Teignbridge and Torbay Award 2023

The video below shows Louise Trewern receiving her award. Louise volunteers for Winner Street Walkers and Walking Works Wonders. She talks about how she got into volunteering, and the many benefits it has. Celia, who nominated Louise, explains why.

Learn More About the Active Devon Volunteer Awards and When Nominations Are Open

Launched in 2022, the Active Devon Volunteer Awards recognise the contribution of people across Devon who volunteer their time to help others be active for improved health and wellbeing. Click on the button below to find out more about the awards.