Jamie Clark, a volunteer for GreenSquare’s Rose Hill regeneration project, has been recognised for his work in the local community at the 2013 Oxford Community and Voluntary Awards (OCVA).
At the awards ceremony, which took place at Oxford Town Hall on 14 October 2013, 40 volunteers from organisations across the county, including Jamie, were presented with awards for their service by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Graham Upton and Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Tim Stevenson OBE.
Fran Gardner, Rose Hill Community Worker at GreenSquare, nominated Jamie for the award. She explained: “Jamie is well liked within the Rose Hill community and people always have kind things to say about him. He has really thrown himself in to life within the community and gives so much time and energy. He has a unique sense of recognising needs, which others overlook and has a caring, fun attitude that is infectious.
“We are enormously grateful for the time and effort the Jamie gives. After everything that Jamie has given to our community, it is really fantastic to see all of his hard work acknowledged. We don’t know what we’d do without him!”
Over the past year, Jamie has spent approximately 480 hours volunteering for the Rose Hill regeneration project. In his roles of community journalist and editor of the Rose Hill News, he has dedicated a lot of time to drafting, editing and producing the monthly newspaper, which is sent out to 3,000 residents.
Jamie has also championed the use of social media as a way of communicating with residents and his commitment to the project has meant that the wider community has a high quality level of information about activities and services in the area, various events, volunteering opportunities as well as hearing about local news.
He added: “I was delighted to receive the award and honoured to be recognised alongside some very special people. The ceremony was fantastic and I will remember it for a long time. I am thankful to GreenSquare and the Rose Hill Regeneration Project for giving me the opportunity to hone my skills as a journalist on the Rose Hill community newspaper - and for giving me valuable and genuinely fulfilling work experience.
"I would like to thank Fran Gardner, Ali Hall, and Asha Rogers for the trust and faith they have shown in me."
For more information about the Rose Hill regeneration project, please call Fran Gardner on 07770324277.