Norwood volunteer Leora Robinson takes Gold at the JVN Volunteering Awards

15 September 2014

A West Hampstead teenager has won a national Jewish volunteering award for her work with disabled children and the elderly. Leora Robinson, who recently turned 19, worked with older people at the Edinburgh House care home before she started volunteering at Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon. "A family friend used to work with Norwood and I knew it was a really great charity", she said. Leora, who loves working with children, volunteers at Unity, which offers short respite breaks for children with learning disabilities.

Leora won the Children’s Aid Committee Young Volunteer Award. She said. "Winning came as a shock! My form tutor had heard about it in our one-on-one sessions and entered me. I was really surprised when I heard my name read out but it was a great honour and I felt really proud to win."

Encouraging people to take up volunteering, Leora said: "You think you don’t have the time to volunteer, but you do. Try it out and see how it feels! You gain so much from volunteering; you change, you grow and you make a difference."

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering for Norwood check out our volunteering opportunities online norwood.org.uk/volunteering.

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