This Trustees' Week, we’re thrilled to announce a WIN at the Community CVS Awards 2023 for our long serving Trustee!
With 39 years of service to volunteer support to the young people and staff at CANW as a valued Trustee, Gordon Fairweather was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award.
Dozens of volunteers across our local communities were thanked for their contributions last Thursday at the Community Volunteer Awards. An awards event celebrating community heroes just like our long serving Trustee, Gordon.
The event, held in King George’s Hall, was hosted by BBC’s Graham Liver, and our congratulations go to ALL the nominees as well as the winners.
With a record-breaking 713 nominations received, which is the highest number ever for the awards, showing the gratitude that people feel for all the work put in by the borough’s volunteers and helpers over the past year.
Team CANW were proud to sponsor the 2023 Volunteer Awards:
“What a wonderful, emotional and uplifting morning! It was such a privilege to spend time with colleagues from across Blackburn with Darwen judging the hundreds of nominations. Despite working in the charity sector, and alongside passionate, talented and caring colleagues everyday, it blew us away to read about all of the incredible acts of service people across the town offer their community. Looking forward to celebrating the incredible volunteers across this most special of towns.”
39 years ago I was invited to become a Trustee of the old Blackburn Orphanage, now the children’s charity Child Action Northwest.
I saw it as an opportunity to give something back to the community and in particular, to better the lives of children and young people who needed help. I am very proud of the work we do and of how CANW has grown to be a significant charity in this part of England. But most of all, how as a member of the team, I have helped to better the lives of tens of thousands of children and young people in Blackburn and the surrounding North West.
I continue to volunteer for two reasons, namely because the need to help children is greater than ever, especially following Covid, and because I feel that I can still contribute to the running of the charity in my role as trustee.