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Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles says ‘thanks a million’ to Enfield’s volunteers

Published Friday, 19 March 2010

The tireless work of Enfield’s volunteers was celebrated this week when more than 100 volunteers who have given a hundred hours of their time received recognition for their volunteering from Enfield Council. More than 1400 volunteers have been recognised since the scheme began.

Enfield Blind Association

The volunteers each received a certificate and a limited edition pin badge at a reception at the Civic Centre on Monday 15 March, hosted by the Mayor of Enfield, Cllr Eleftherios Savva. Special guest Ossie Ardiles, Spurs' Club Ambassador, was on hand to present the certificates.

Ardiles made nearly 300 appearances as a player for the Club between 1978 and 1988, famously experiencing success as part of 1981 FA Cup-winning side. He later returned to White Hart Lane for a one-year spell as manager in 1993, and now plays an active role in Tottenham Hotspur's work off the pitch in the local community.

Speaking about the volunteers' achievements, Enfield Council's Director of Place Shaping and Enterprise, Sue Foster said, "Volunteers make an enormous contribution to organisations throughout the borough. We want to thank them publicly for the immense good they do and the example that they set.

"To give freely without expecting anything more than the knowledge that you have helped another person really deserves our thanks."

Linda Greenfield, a Support Services Co-ordinator for Enfield Association for the Blind, has proudly nominated her volunteers for an award. She said "All those who volunteer for Enfield Association for the Blind are the lifeblood of our association.

"We rely on our remarkable team of volunteers to deliver support services to blind and partially sighted people throughout Enfield.  These projects include our home visiting service, hospital eye clinic, resource centre and delivering 'Wireless for the Blind' to people.

"We're delighted that our volunteers were honoured by Enfield Council at this special event."

Volunteers from diverse community groups support people of all ages, backgrounds, needs and interests right across the borough.

Volunteering offers the opportunity to give something back to the community as well as making new friends. For many it provides the opportunity to learn, gain valuable experience and skills and for some it may be that first step into helping them back into work.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering in Enfield contact the Volunteer Centre on 020 8373 6348.

Enfield Council wishes to thank E.ON UK for their generous donation of £1,000 to support this event.

Volunteers from the following groups attended the event:

3rd Enfield Air Scout Group  
Autism London & MCCH 
Bowes Primary School
Children's International Voices of Enfield
Christian Alliance Enfield
Club Terza ETA  
Enfield Association for the Blind
Enfield Caribbean Association
Enfield Children & Young Persons Services 
Enfield Community Transport  
Enfield Family Contact Centre 
Enfield Library 
Enfield Mencap 
Enfield Mental Health Users Group
Enfield Saheli 
Enfield School of Life Saving 
Enfield Sea Cadets   
Enfield Women's Centre
Fox Lane & District Residents Association
Kongolese Children's Association 
Lefkara Association of Great Britain 
One-to-One Enfield 
Sangam Asian Elderly Ladies Group 
The Hanlon Centre
Willow Residents Association

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