In recognition of her exceptional contribution to community life in Blidworth, local Guide Leader Helen Graham has been presented with a ‘Citizen of the Year’ award by the Rotary Club of Ravenshead & Blidworth.
During a special awards evening at Oakmere Golf Club, which was attended by 25 members and guests, Helen was presented with an engraved silver salver by club President, David Saunders.
Having been a Brownie, a Guide and a Young Leader, Helen has grown up through Guiding, and is currently Leader of 1st Blidworth (St Mary’s) Guides. The award acknowledges her role in steering the development of the unit: ‘I really enjoy being a facilitator and encouraging Guides and Leaders to learn and grow in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment,’ she says. ‘And, of course, I grow with them!’
In addition to the trophy, the Rotarians presented Helen with a cheque which will be used to help members of Girlguiding in Blidworth take part in activities, camps and trips away. She expressed her appreciation for the ongoing generosity of the club, which also recently donated the funds to enable 1st Blidworth Guide Unit to buy its own flag. This has already been dedicated at a church service to which Rotarians were invited, and will be carried on parades and other public occasions.
‘Blidworth may only be a small village but Guiding is flourishing there and the unit has become an integral part of the local community,’ reflects Mansfield Division Commissioner Sarah Clarkson. ‘This is all thanks to the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of Helen and her fellow Guide Leaders Bianca Taylor, Nicola Spalding and Alessia Hunt. We’re delighted – and proud – that this has been recognised by others.’
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire relies on the support of adult volunteers like Helen – including parents, older siblings and family friends – in order to continue offering opportunities to so many girls and young women across the county. To find out more, contact the county office via 0115 987 7220, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk
Pictured presenting Guide Leader Helen Graham with her ‘Citizen of the Year’ award are David Saunders (then) President of the Rotary Club of Ravenshead & Blidworth, and Community Chair Michael Lee.