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Incredible volunteer manager nominated for Heart of Ulverston award

A DEDICATED organiser responsible for an army of volunteers has been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston award.

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NOMINEE Ford park volunteer manager Kim Farr, left, with gardener Sarah McCormack

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Kim Farr, 59, of Ainslie Street, has been put forward in the Citizen of the Year category sponsored by the North-West Evening Mail.

Mrs Farr works three days a week organising the volunteer gardeners at Ford Park, as well as spending her free time keeping the green space looking its best. She has helped several volunteers boost their CVs and go on to find work or get into university.

She said: “I’m very surprised to be nominated, it’s very nice news but it is a surprise.

“I start most days planning all the jobs that need doing so that when people take the trouble to come down here to volunteer they can get stuck in straight away. Undoubtedly, the best thing is when people come here with poor health or low confidence and seeing them blossom and move on, either into having more responsibility here, finding work or going to college.

“When you see individuals progress, it’s deeply satisfying.”

Mrs Farr has also helped lead the way in the Incredible Edible Ulverston project which is designed to get more people involved with growing their own food.

She also pitches in as a volunteer marshal for adventure races and takes part in beach cleans along Morecambe Bay.

Mrs Farr, who has lived in the town for seven years, said: “Ulverston is absolutely fantastic, my husband and I picked Ulverston after three years of looking for somewhere that would be dynamic and an interesting place to live.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent/ Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award. The closing date for nominations is July 12.

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Excellent work but article should highlight this is a paid not volunteer position.

Posted by Woof on 6 July 2014 at 09:59

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