Heather Leach, Lynne Lines, Jacqueline Jones, Roger Mitchell, Tricia Rowlands and Virginia Cardwell-Moore 2022
Heather Leach, Arts Volunteer, The Arts Society Kington Langley (Wessex)
Heather is a valued member of the Wessex Area team as Arts Volunteer representative, participating fully in meetings with infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy. She has organised for over £30,000 to be donated to Arts Volunteering projects in the area over the past year and is always on the lookout for new opportunities to be involved in. Heather is an ex-Head of Art at a secondary school and so has a lot of contacts which she utilises well for the benefit of the local arts community.
Lynne Lines, Arts Volunteer, Cumbria and the North-West
Lynne became the Arts Volunteering representative for the area in 2014 and immediately began to introduce less advantaged groups to the work of the Arts Society, including by creating projects for young carers. She organised for a special needs student to be supported through their art A-Level and has organised a number of exhibitions where young people’s artwork can be displayed. Lynn became overall Area Representative in 2018 and, despite facing personal health challenges, encouraged and supported volunteers to work with all members of their community through the arts.
Jacqueline Jones, Society Committee Volunteer, The Arts Society Kington Langley
Jackie has been a charismatic leader of her society for the past 3 years and her response to the pandemic shut down was to see where there was potential for change and improvements in the society. She made the website more accessible so that members were up to date with all developments and was instrumental in developing Zoom based lectures, collaborating with other societies to increase the reach of the lectures. Jackie has created sustainable relationships within her community which will secure the future of her society and encourage new members.
Roger Mitchell, Society Committee Volunteer, The Arts Society Wimbledon
Roger is his society’s IT Committee member and without his expertise the society would not exist in its current form. He helps to maintain the database and ensures that all technology runs smoothly. As soon as the pandemic hit, Roger liaised with lecturers to encourage them to continue their contributions on Zoom and transformed the technical ability of the society. They are now able to run hybrid lectures so that they are able to appeal to their whole membership base, which has brought them much pleasure after a challenging couple of years and caused an increase in membership numbers overall.
Tricia Rowlands, Arts Volunteer, The Arts Society Kings Lynn (Norfolk)
Tricia single-handedly ran an art project for her society at a local primary school, which produced 400 items for exhibition in a local gallery in July 2021. Due to coronavirus concerns, the school were unwilling to allow multiple volunteers into the school and so Tricia led each of the 14 workshops herself and prepared the items for display. The show was visited by the 400 children and over 200 members of the public, resulting in excellent publicity for the society and the offer of repeat funding for the exhibition in the future.
Virginia Cardwell-Moore, Society Committee Volunteer, The Arts Society Tayside
Virginia has been the mainstay of the Arts Society in Scotland and Northern Ireland for many years. She has served in various roles on the Tayside Society Committee, including as its Chair, and became the Area Secretary for Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2014. For the last 8 years, she has supported three different Area Chairs in this role, offering wise words, great admin skills and infectious enthusiasm. No task is too great for her and she goes above and beyond to support the work of the Arts Society.