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NOCN supports 2018 VAS Make a Difference Awards

On Thursday 22 November the Voluntary Action Sheffield, Make a Difference Awards took place at the Octagon Centre in Sheffield.

NOCN were the award partners for a fantastic evening of celebration, honouring the individuals and organisations working in the city to make a difference to the lives of people and communities in Sheffield.

NOCN’s Finance Director, Simon Renny presented the Inclusion and Equality Award, which was awarded to Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English (SAVTE).

SAVTE train volunteer ESOL tutors, giving them the skills and confidence to support learners in their homes who could not otherwise access mainstream ESOL classes due to health or care reasons. Work similar to NOCN, who offer offer colleges and training providers ESOL qualifications to improve the lives and career prospects of people who are learning English as a new language.

Stella Burton, Manager, SAVTE said: "Getting this award is recognition of the valuable work carried out by SAVTE staff and volunteers and it is a great way to raise awareness of our ESOL services for people in Sheffield. I hope it will help to attract new English language learners through referrals and from people who want to refer themselves for support, because we offer a range of ESOL provision, including classroom activity, conversation groups and one-to-one home visits. SAVTE ESOL support helps learners improve English language skills, improves their confidence and communication skills and helps to build community cohesion."

James Harkness, Marketing Manager commented on the event: “We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to partner with VAS to honour the individuals and organisations making a difference in Sheffield. As a charitable organisation it is important for NOCN to give back to the local community and supporting the Make a Difference Awards was a fitting way to do this.”

The evening, hosted by Seth Bennett featured seven award categories including the Employment and Skills award and Champion of the Sector Award. Lord David Blunkett closed the ceremony by thanking all the volunteers for the work they do and highlighting what a great place Sheffield is for bringing people together through voluntary and charitable work.

Click here to see all the photos from the evening.