Recognition for work with children in local authority care

Spurgeons CEO Ross Hendry presents award to Jane Wagstaff.
Spurgeons CEO Ross Hendry presents award to Jane Wagstaff.

A volunteer from Oakley has been recognised for her work in helping children.

Jane Wagstaff has been awarded by national charity, Spurgeons, for her contributions to the Independent Visitors service based in Bedford.

She is a runner-up spot in the charity’s volunteering awards and was presented with a trophy and prize by chief executive officer Ross Hendry.

Jane picked up the award for her commitment to the Independent Visitors service over the last five years. She volunteers her time to befriend children looked after by the local authority, supporting several children in her time at the charity and always taking an active interest in their hobbies to help them develop.

Jane has provided a support mechanism outside of social care and foster carers, which has enabled the young people to have a positive role model.

The long term dedication Jane has shown to Independent Visitors has allowed the service to develop and ensure that young people’s voices are recognised.

Jane Jarman, service manager, said: “We are delighted that Jane has won this award.

She is passionate about her role and takes this responsibility very seriously. She is professional, reliable, consistent and enthusiastic about the service. Jane has demonstrated a great team ethic in developing herself, young people, colleagues and even management and is an invaluable member of the team.”

The annual volunteering awards aim to recognise and celebrate the commitment volunteer’s show to support children and their families. This year winner’s included volunteers from young carer services, children’s centres and independent visitors.

Independent visitors volunteer their time to befriend the child or young person and take an active interest in their hobbies, sports or other interests. The project aims to make a real difference to a young person by encouraging a shared hobby, sport or interest.