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Bridgend Memory Café Volunteer Wins Outstanding BAVO Award

Congratulations to a regular support volunteer of Bridgend Library’s Memory Café, Linda Phillips, who was recently awarded the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, presented and organised by BAVO.

In an awards ceremony presented by Lee Jukes from Bridgend FM, volunteers from across Bridgend County Borough were recognised for their delivery of services in the heart of our local communities.

Special guests included the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Cllr Stuart Baldwin and his Consort and High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, Tina Donnelly. Music and entertainment was provided by Garin Lang and Off Duty Bridgend Carers Choir.

Linda was nominated for this prestigious award by an Awen library colleague, Beverley Brown, who recognised the brilliant support Linda provides to an elderly couple who are severely deaf. The gentleman has dementia, and their only means of communication is by sign language. His wife has severe rheumatism arthritis, and chest problems in addition to deafness.

Week on week, Linda gives her time and help to allow the couple to live independently. In support of the couple, she helps them to attend the weekly memory café run at Bridgend Life Centre. Linda also supports the husband to attend Halo’s weekly dementia swimming session, signing for him when he is the pool and Memory Café, so that the couple are able to participate and enjoy the group activities.

Beverley, who nominated Linda, accepted the award on her behalf at the ceremony (pictured).

It is individuals like Linda who make a real difference to people’s lives, yet often receiving little, if any recognition at all. From all at Awen Cultural Trust, congratulations and a big thank you.