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Harriet (S3RE), has been awarded a Coronation Champions Award by King Charles III and Queen Camilla for her outstanding voluntary work at Bridgend Farmhouse.
“It feels amazing to receive a Coronation Champion Award. I’ve been volunteering for just over a year at Bridgend Farmhouse and I absolutely love it.
I started volunteering because I’d visited the Bridgend Farmhouse café on many occasions and I’d always enjoyed the friendly atmosphere there and the diverse range of people who volunteer. My role involves liaising with other volunteers; how we are going to run the café that day to make it a welcoming and enjoyable space for people. Many of our volunteers have learning difficulties or mental health problems but we manage to overcome our difficulties to work as a team and provide a much needed service to our community. I volunteer every Saturday, I look forward to seeing our regular customers; it’s an opportunity for me to provide some company and friendly chat to many people within our community who may be isolated or just appreciate seeing a friendly face.
I love the Bridgend Farmhouse vision; learning, working and growing together to develop a flourishing, healthy and sustainable community and place. Everyone is made to feel welcome and included which is so valuable to the community it serves.
Volunteering is such a positive thing to do and has been great for my confidence. I’d really recommend it to any young person.”