Young Lions Ambassador

Castle School student Lizzie O’Brien divides her time between playing in the school’s Panache Steel Band, where she helps coach younger students, befriending residents at Alexandra Care Home and playing host to Sunday afternoon tea parties for Contact the Elderly.

Lizzie O’Brien with the cup presented her by the Thornbury Lions Club.

She is also a member of the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group Juniors and has been a regular performer in the Group’s pantomimes. Despite her active local voluntary involvement, she also achieved six A* GCSE passes in 2016.

We knew of her local volunteering work because she is registered with us. We put her forward to the Thornbury Lions Club as their entrant for the Lions International Young Ambassador 2017 competition. This competition runs throughout Europe, with the aim of recognising, encouraging and supporting young people who are actively involved in the welfare of the community and who support the ideals of the Lions. The entry criteria and judging is of a high professional standard.

Lizzie won the district final in early January 2017 and came a very good second in the National final in Dudley the following month. This was an amazing achievement that recognised her qualities and the difference she is making to her local community.

Her prize from the local Lions was a cup and a £500 bursary, which she has donated to two local charities.

News & information

Personal Resilience and Stress Management Workshop. A second workshop has been organised for 4 September. More details.

We’ve popped up again! Our pop-up shop opened on 12 May, and was an immediate success. More here.

Annual report Our annual report for 2018 is published. View or download here.

Volunteer Managers’ Network Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 June. More here.

AGM date announced: It will be on 18 July with guest speaker and refreshments. All welcome! More details.

Big grant permits local projects: We have been granted £2000 from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme. We plan a series of events during 2018 to bring organisations and volunteers closer together. More information.

General Data Protection Regulation: We helped organise two successful workshops to assist local organisations to come to grips with new data protection regulations. Details here.

Quiz nights at the Swan: Our funds benefited by more than £400 from the April quiz nights at the Swan. Details here.

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