Valued volunteer

Winchester based charity Brendoncare has recognised the contribution of a student volunteer in making a difference to the lives of older people in its care centres and clubs.

WEB-Kevin-TravesKevin Traves received Brendoncare’s first ever Young Volunteer award in recognition of his ability to really connect with older people at The Old Parsonage care home in Otterbourne.

The vocational Health & Social Care student acts as a companion to residents, listening to their stories about their lives and experiences. His ambition is to become a paramedic.

Carole Sawyers, Brendoncare’s Chief Executive, said: “Kevin is a really special young man, who has been volunteering with us for over a year, and we are really pleased to present him with this award to thank him for making a difference to the lives of our residents in such a wonderful way.”

Subject leader for Health & Social Care at Barton Peveril, Mikeala Pickett, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Kevin’s skill and dedication have been recognised, particularly as he is a male student excelling in a traditionally female subject area.

“Kevin balances a caring, empathetic nature with real commitment to his studies. He is a credit to himself and to the College.”