Volunteers, staff and trustees gathered in London to celebrate the wonderful work undertaken by volunteers at RAPt. Their contribution and commitment benefits both the prison and community programmes and is hugely appreciated by clients and staff alike.
”RAPt couldn’t manage without volunteers. As a graduate of the RAPt programme myself I remember how important they were in the prisons, particularly during lock downs when you’d be shut in your cell and they’d come and help with assignments. Becoming a volunteer myself was a first step towards a career in counselling that spanned 10 years. In return, volunteering delivers a sense of purpose and self-worth, as well as valuable training and experience.” John Mason, RAPt Trustee
Michael Meakin was one of the founders of RAPt and each year the Award is presented to a volunteer nominated by the team in which they work. This year, Chris Wellman and Andy Jackson shared joint first place for their services to The Bridges in Hull and to the Recovery Support team.
The nomination summary for Chris described him as an inspiration for new clients, willing to give his time freely to support their journey, to go the extra mile to help them, as well as being honest and open about his own experiences. “In short – he’s been amazing!” Chris travelled down to London, to be presented with his trophy.
Andy was nominated for his contribution to help create a refresh of the Journey Magazine, the bi-annual publication for RAPt graduates, as well as his support establishing Mentoring Services in Kent. “Andy has a calm approach and has formed great relationships with colleagues and other volunteers who value his support.”
Thank you to all the teams that submitted nominations to the Michael Meakin Awards and to all the volunteers that help to make RAPt a success.