Essex volunteers honoured at awards night

PUBLISHED: 11:35 25 March 2019

Astra Rice-Line, who won the Unsung Hero Award. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Astra Rice-Line, who won the Unsung Hero Award. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


Volunteers at an Essex mental health charity, which operates in Dunmow, were honoured at an awards night on February 5.

Volunteer Jim Sykes with his trophy. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDVolunteer Jim Sykes with his trophy. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

More than 100 staff and volunteers attended The New Year Honours Awards, organised by leading charity Pheonix Futures.

Two winners on the night were from Futures in Mind, a service for people across Essex who are looking for support with mental health.

The service is a partnership between Phoenix Futures, Mind in West Essex and Mid and North East Essex Mind.

Lead volunteer Jim Sykes won the Partnership Award for his work with Essex Wildlife Trust, and Astra Rice-Line, an administrator for Futures in Mind, won the Unsung Hero Award.

Jane Slocombe, service manager for Futures in Mind said: “We are massively proud. Our achievements are down to the dedication and hard work of all the team and volunteers.”

Futures in Mind offers activities, mentoring and befriending services.

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