Allison recognised as Frank Higgs Volunteer of the Year 2018


In celebration of National Volunteer’s Week, dedicated volunteer, Allison Rosewarne has been awarded The Mai-Wel Group’s, Frank Higgs Volunteer of the Year 2018 award.

Allison’s career of volunteering spans almost 12 years, of which 18 months has been with The Mai-Wel Group, specifically Mai-Wel Enterprises, where she assists with the processing of secure shredding and document destruction. 

“Mai-Wel has done more for me since I’ve been here than any place I have volunteered before,” says Allison. She values the friendship of staff and the participants she works alongside, but also the friendships she’s developed and the appreciation she feels for the work she is doing. She describes her experience of volunteering with Mai-Wel as a positive one.

“I just like being here”, says Allison, and Mai-Wel is glad to have her.

Allison started volunteering with The Mai-Wel Group at, what was then known as, TimeSavers at Fieldsend Street, East Maitland. The desire to try something new and the convenience of the office location to her home, were both factors in her interest to volunteer with Mai-Wel.

Allison loves her role so much that now, even with the office’s location change to South Street in Telarah, she happily makes the journey across town to volunteer her time three days per week.  Unbelievably, Allison often runs to the Telarah office – that’s dedication!

On being honoured with the award, Allison says she is humbled by the recognition.  

“Its a big surprise,” she says. “Moving to Mai-Wel has been a really, really positive thing.”

The Mai-Wel Group’s Frank Higgs Volunteer of the Year Award honours Frank Higgs, a dedicated volunteer and Mai-Wel’s longest serving Board member of more than 22 years. Frank’s association with Mai-Wel began in the 1960’s when his daughter Ruth, attended the Mai-Wel School at South Street, Telarah. In 1998, Frank and his wife Betty were granted life membership to The Mai-Wel Group for their loyalty and support of the organisation throughout the years. The award has been named after Frank due to his long-standing support of Mai-Wel and advocacy for people with a disability in the Hunter.

In 2016/17, Mai-Wel’s volunteers donated 11,300 hours of their time to support the organisation, through face to-face support of staff and participants, administrative tasks and event support.  

The Mai-Wel Group wishes to congratulate Allison on her wonderful achievement, and give thanks to the hard work of all of our volunteers.

Above: Allison Rosewarne, The Mai-Wel Group's Frank Higgs
Volunteer of the Year 2018 with Supported Employment
Services Officer at Mai-Wel Enterprises, Greg.

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