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DAG and its key volunteers were delighted at the end of October to receive awards from the Dorset Volunteer Centre as part of National Volunteering Week.

Individual awards were presented to our shop manager Tony Dando and workshop manager Mike Wells for the long hours they have contributed to developing running the unit in Nightingale Court, together an award to the group as a whole recognising how well it had raised its profile, built its membership and volunteer base, and improved its service to the disabled.

They were amongst scores of individuals representing nominated groups, and all enjoyed a buffet supper and entertainment during the evening.

The ceremony was introduced by Alan Knott, who said it celebrated the time and skills freely given by the nominees and their colleagues.

The awards were presented by Mayor of Dorchester Stella Jones and Dorset’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant Jeremy Pope, who said that as High Sheriff last year he had learned a great deal about the vast range of activities in the county supported by volunteers, including the 600 who came forward for the Olympics in Weymouth & Portland.

(pictures courtesy of Volunteer Centre Dorset)