Kirkby volunteer is a community champ

Naomi Webb (right) East Midlands Community Impact Champion receives the award from BITC East Midlands Regional Director, Heidi Watson (left).
Naomi Webb (right) East Midlands Community Impact Champion receives the award from BITC East Midlands Regional Director, Heidi Watson (left).

AN E.ON worker has been named Community Impact Champion of the Year at the Business in the Community (BITC) awards for her work with a Kirkby primary school.

Naomi Webb received the award for her work with Morven Park Primary School during 2010.

After being an active reading volunteer for almost four years and also delivering lessons in the school about energy, Naomi has increased the number of reading volunteers from E.ON by over 50 per cent, which means the whole of year three now have the opportunity to read to an adult rather than just one class.

Naomi said: “I’m thrilled to have won this award. It’s been a huge pleasure working with the volunteers and with Morven Park Primary School, and it’s great to know the work we are doing at the school is making a real difference to so many people’s lives.

“Since I began reading with the pupils a few years ago, my enthusiasm and passion to support the children where I can has grown and I’m lucky that my role has enabled me to work closer with the school, giving the pupils experiences they otherwise would never have had.”

The award recognises individuals in the East Midlands who have created the most sustainable impact in disadvantaged communities, through either working in the community themselves or through inspiring and engaging colleagues to become actively involved.

Mark Watson, headteacher at Morven Park Primary, said: “The partnership between Morven Park Primary School and E.ON has been invaluable.

“The support given to our school and its children by the E.ON volunteers, who genuinely want to help and make a difference, adds so much to our children’s lives.

“Naomi’s management of the volunteers and liaison with school has been outstanding.

“Communication and organisation is second to none, everyone is clear about their roles and this has allowed the support we receive from E.ON to be a well established sustainable resource for the future.”

E.ON finds volunteering opportunities for employees across the UK, working with schools, older people and other vulnerable groups as part of its wider community relations programme.