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In the words of the young volunteers …..
If you want to understand more about the reasons why young people volunteer or the types of volunteer work they get involved with, why not let them tell you themselves?
Take a look at this video footage, shot with young volunteers recognised at the 8th annual Callington & Saltash CATS Awards.
Here the young volunteers will tell you all about their volunteer work and what they get from volunteering.
Young volunteers know that volunteering will look great on CVs’/Job applications and University applications
It is great to hear the young people tell us how volunteer work helps to increase their skills i.e. communication and time management.
Young volunteers also tell us that volunteer work can help improve your social life as you get to meet new people and make new friends
We even hear from one young volunteer how past recognition from CATS has encouraged her to do more volunteer work!
The young volunteers also tell us that volunteer work allows them to ‘give something back’ and support their local community and other community groups.
Thank you to all our young volunteers, you are inspirational – keep up the good work!
all video footage is ©2016 Peter Dukes
8th Annual Callington & Saltash CATS Awards
Olympic Gold Medallist attends Awards Evening with local sporting stars
Over 400 people attended the 8th Community Action Through Sports (CATS) Awards Evening recently held at St Mellion International. Ed Coode, Rowing Olympic and World Champion was one of the guests of honour who attended the prestigious awards ceremony for Callington and Saltash CATS. Ed was invited, along-side local sports stars Elliot and Dave, Rugby players from Plymouth Albion, Ed Buckingham a local mountaineering star and Eva Pascoe, Year 8 student from Callington Community College who is the U14 British Ski Champion
The athletes were interviewed by former CATS awards winner Tara Couch from Salatsh.net and Michelle Roberts, Chair of Callington and Saltash CATS. They were able to share their inspirational sporting journeys with young nominees, parents and friends of the community. The young people enjoyed listening to their stories and were inspired by their recognition of the value of volunteers and the importance they have in sport and many other areas of the community.
Over 170 young people received an award ranging from a Level 1 award which is the first step into volunteering to Level 5.
The CATS Volunteer of the Year Award for 2015/2016 went to a student from Saltash.net, Milliesha Vanstone, in recognition of her commitment to volunteering with the local brownies, a children’s club and a local charity shop. Milliesha is a committed volunteer who gives up a significant amount of her own time to support the work of others. The Young CATS Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Will Tucker from Callington Community College. There were many worthy winners of the award however the judging panel decided that both Milliesha and Will had gone the extra mile in their volunteering roles.
Will has volunteered his time for a number of years with Launceston Town Band, playing at a variety of community events and recently developing their web site. He has given up many hours of his time to benefit individuals in the band and the wider community and nothing is too much trouble. Will is a true star and a worthy winner of this prestigious award. The award for Young Volunteer of the Year Award was presented by Denise May MBE and founder of CATS. Isobel Bryce, Headteacher at Salatsh.net presented Milliesha with the CATS Volunteer of the Year Award. Both presenters praised the dedication and commitment of all the volunteers who were recognised on the evening.
Michelle Roberts, Chair of Callington and Saltash CATS stated: “The young people have once again shown a high level of commitment and dedication to our community. This has been recognised in an inspirational awards evening. I am proud of what our young volunteers have achieved and would encourage them to continue with their volunteering as they make a valuable contribution to many people in the Callington and Saltash area”.
Students from both Callington Community College and Saltash.net received awards ranging from Level 1 to Level 5. These included nominations from a wide range of organisations including Callington Community College, Saltash.net, K3, Scouts and various charitable and local community organisations, who nominated young people in recognition of the difference in they had made to their local community.
Guests who attended the evening were also entertained by talented dancers from Callington Dance Academy, Callington Dance Company and dancers from Salatsh.net who all demonstrated amazing talent in their dance performances. Emily-Jane Horsham, from Saltash.net accompanied the Callington Dance Company with an outstanding solo performance.
Callington and Saltash CATS wishes to thank all their sponsors and supporters for their help in what was a memorable event.
All the above photographs are ©2016 Peter Dukes
Callington & Saltash CATS have kindly supplied us with an electronic copy of the programme issued to those who attended the 8th Annual Callington & Saltash CATS Awards
Full speed ahead for 8th Annual Callington & Saltash CATS Awards
Callington & Saltash CATS will be holding their 8th Annual CATS Awards Evening on 10.02.16 at St Mellion International Resort
A total of 178 young people have been nominated to receive recognition / reward for their positive community action (volunteer work) and so this looks set to be an inspirational evening. The volunteer led committee are working hard behind the scenes to ensure its success and are lining up some fantastic entertainment and VIP guests.
CATS staff are very much looking forward to attending and hearing about all the fantastic positive contributions young people make to their communities in this area
Growing Zone Project comes to Callington & Saltash
07.01.16 – Congratulations to Callington & Saltash CATS on their recent successful Big Lottery ‘Awards for All’ grant application to support their ‘Growing Zone’ project.
‘Growing Zone’ will allow Callington & Saltash CATS to continue, build and expand upon the fantastic work of Plot to Plate
Watch this space for more information on the ‘Growing Zone’ project in 2016!
Callington & Saltash CATS set a date for their 2016 CATS Awards Evening
Nominations requested for next CATS Awards Evening 2016
Nominations are now being requested for the next prestigious CATS AWARDS evening which is due to take place on Wednesday 10th February 2016. The evening is hosted in honour of young people within the community of Callington who are recognised for the positive difference they have made to their community as a result of volunteering their time to a range of different organisations and projects.
Over 170 young people from Callington and Saltash last year were presented with CATS (Community Action Awarded Through Sport) awards by five sporting stars one of whom was Olympic gold medallist Ed Coode.
The aim of the CATS scheme is to promote, encourage, recognise and award positive community action by rewarding the young people with sports based awards. In previous years these have been supported by local sports providers including, Saltash Leisure Centre, Plymouth Raiders, Ten Pin Plymouth, Plymouth ski centre and many other local providers. There are 5 levels within the award scheme and these are based on the level of commitment, responsibility and participation time, shown by the young volunteer. Last year for the first time we awarded a level 5 award which is the top level!!
The CATS presentation evening rewarded young people who had been nominated by both schools and local community groups for their contribution in volunteering in after school and community based projects, clubs and local organisations. Nominations have come from the Callington Community College, Callington Police, Saltash and Callington Youth Projects, local sports clubs, Livewire and a variety of other local organisations.
IF YOU KNOW OF A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR COMMUNITY WHO IS VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME FOR AN ORGANISATION OR COMMUNITY PROJECT, PLEASE NOMINATE THEM.
To obtain a nomination form please contact Michelle Roberts or Karen Gold at the College. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Karen Gold 01579 383292
The CATS scheme was launched in Callington and Saltash in April 2007 and has proven to be very successful in providing positive activities and opportunities for young people within the areas of Callington and Saltash. CATS has worked closely with a range of partners including Callington Community College, Saltash.Net, Devon and Cornwall Police and Youth Cornwall to promote the scheme and develop a positive activities programme and volunteering opportunities in both towns.
Chairperon’s report from the 2015 AGM –
The Callington & Saltash CATS AGM took place on 16.09.15. Below are some of the details from the Chairperson’s report that was given at the AGM. Their plans for the ‘Growing Zone’ project sound fantastic –
Callington and Saltash – Chair’s Report 2015 16th September 2015
During the last year we have worked hard to secure the CATS awards evening for 2015/2016. It has been a challenge to secure resources and funding. We therefore took the decision early this year to hold the next CATS awards eve in 2016.
We need to continue to look at membership of the steering group and how this can support CATS in the future. Financially we are in a stronger position than this time last year and we are due to submit a bid this week to support the ‘Growing Zone’ project. This will enable young people in Saltash and Callington to become involved in a project . The aim of the ‘Growing Zone’ is to further develop and promote collaborative working in the community by encouraging young people and the community to become actively involved in volunteering within their local area and to provide them with the opportunity to work with local experts to develop their ‘Growing skills’
There are 3 main elements to the Growing Zone these are Plot to Plate, Plot to Market, Plot to Community. The first element ‘Plot to Plate’ is to encourage young people to learn to grow and cook their own food. This is an important life skill. The second element ‘Plot to Market’ is to encourage young people to work with members of the local community to grow their own food and sell the produce at market to support the further development of local community projects within the towns of Saltash and Callington.
The third element is Plot to Community this element will focus on working with the local food banks in the towns of Saltash and Callington to support them with the supply of home grown produce to support the growing demand for the food bank within the local community.
The outcome of this bid should be known by January 2016.
Callington & Saltash CATS 2015 AGM – 16.09.15
Callington & Saltash CATS have set the date for their 2015 AGM
The AGM will take place on 16.09.15 at 9:30am and will be held at the Hambly Centre, Callington Community College.
If you are interest in supporting Callington & Saltash CATS or attending the AGM, please register your interest with Karen via 01288 488086 or Karen@communityactionthroughsport.org
2015 Awards Evening
Callington & Saltash CATS are busy planning and preparing for their 2015 CATS Awards Evening!
The committee and CATS staff are currently focussing their attention on securing Funds to support the running of the evening and are optimistic that they will be able to set a date for the Awards Evening to take place in November 2015.
Further updates will follow – watch this space!
Callington / Saltash CATS will hold their 2014 AGM on 24th September at the Hambly Centre, Callington Community College at 0930
for more information email email@example.com or telephone 01288 488086
2014 Awards Evening footage
Take a look at some of the video footage used during the 7th Annual Callington / Saltash CATS Awards Evening.
At CATS, we know how important volunteering is and how much young people can get out of it, but don’t just take our word for it, let some of the Callington / Saltash CATS Award winners tell you!
7th Annual CATS Awards Evening!
Commonwealth Gold Medallist attends Awards Evening
Over 350 people attended the 7th CATS awards evening recently held at St Mellion International. Katherine Endacott winner of a Gold and Silver Medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 400m relay and 100 metres was one of the guests of honour who attended the prestigious awards ceremony for Callington and Saltash C.A.T.S. (Community Action Through Sport) Katherine was invited, along-side local sports stars Jamie Burchell from Plymouth Raiders, Marc Dibble from Exeter chiefs and a young up and coming star Sam Church European U18 Golf champion from Saltash.
The athletes were interviewed by two former CATS awards winners Chloe Haimes from Callington Community College and Ross Raymond-Jones former student of Salatsh.net. They were able to share their inspirational stories with young nominees, parents and friends of the community. The young people enjoyed listening to their stories and were inspired by their recognition of the value of volunteers and the importance they have in sport and many other areas of the community.
Over 120 young people received an award ranging from a level 1 award which is the first step into volunteering to level 5.
The CATS volunteer of the year award for 2014 went to a student from Saltash.net, Alex Hirst. There were many worthy winners of the award however the judging panel decided that Alex had gone above and beyond in his volunteering roles.
Alex has volunteered his time for a number of years in a variety of ways. He has given up many hours of his time to benefit individuals in the wider community and nothing is too much trouble. He volunteers regularly for the Saltash sailing club running the safety boat for club races. He also supports the club in coaching. He is a fund raiser for the army cadets and instructs for them. He also coaches the year 10 school rugby team at Salatsh.net. Alex is a true star and a worthy winner of this prestigious award
Michelle Roberts Chair of Callington and Saltash CATS stated ‘The young people have once again shown a high level of commitment and dedication to our community. This has been recognised in an inspirational awards evening. I am proud of what our young volunteers have achieved and would encourage them to continue with their volunteering as they make a valuable contribution to many people in the Callington and Saltash area.
Students from both Callington Community College and Saltash.net received awards ranging from level 1 to level 4. These included nominations from a wide range of organisations including Callington Community College, Saltash.net, K3, Scouts and various charitable and local community organisations, who nominated young people in recognition of the difference in they had made to their local community.
Guests who attended the evening were also entertained by talented dancers from Callington Dance Academy, Callington Dance Company and dancers from Salatsh.net who all demonstrated amazing talent in their dance performances. Flo Bonner accompanied the Callington Dance Company with an outstanding solo performance.
Callington and Saltash CATS wishes to thank all their sponsors and supporters for their help in what was a memorable event.
CATS Awards 2014
Callington / Saltash CATS are busy planning their 2014 Awards Evening…………. and this committee sure know how to put on a show!
Callington / Saltash CATS will be hosting their 2014 CATS Awards Evening on 19th March at St Mellion International Resort. This will be an inspiring evening with VIP Guests/Presenters and performances from local community groups. It will be an opportunity to promote, recognise and reward young people (aged 5 – 19) from the Callington / Saltash area for their positive community action. CATS staff were able to attend in 2013 and certainly enjoyed the Flash Mob which really got the audience going.
Past Awards evenings have been likened to “a mini Oscar ceremony” and have included Olympic Athletes amongst the VIP guests. We can already reveal that Plymouth Raiders players/coaching staff will be supporting the event, as will the inspirational Mark Ormorod!
If you know a young person from the Callington / Saltash area who deserves to be recognised and rewarded for their positive community action then please nominate them NOW!
A CATS Nomination Form can be found at the top of this page. Please note that all completed nomination forms MUST be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER than 24.01.14
Go on, nominate someone today!
Callington/Saltash CATS Summer Activity Programme
Callington/Saltash CATS, in conjunction with Callington Sport & Leisure and also Callington Youth Project, have planned a fun packed, full on, set of activities for summer 2013!
Activities include; Mountain Biking, Bouncy Castle Fun and visits to Exeter Chiefs stadium!!
It sounds amazing – for more information check out this link
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL!!
For further information contact Beth Williams on 01579 383477 or via email@example.com
Additional Volunteer Committee sought for Steering Group
Pictures from the Street Climber session at Delaware Outdoor Education Centre on 05.07.13 – such fun being there to see the young people in action and working as a team to support one another whilst they progress towards NICAS qualifications!
Street Climber to debut at Callington/Saltash CATS
Callington / Saltash CATS will be debuting a new Sports Diversionary scheme for 2013 – Street Climber!!!!!!!
Sessions are due to commence in June 2013
Watch this space – we, at CATS UK, are very keen to see photos from the sessions once they are underway!
Callington/Saltash CATS 6th Annual Awards Evening
On February 13th 2013 Callington/Saltash CATS held their 6th Annual Awards Evening at St Mellion International Resort. It was an inspirational evening and those in attendance were able to see an outstanding group of young people, who have all carried out some amazing voluntary work that’s made a real difference within their communities, receive the recognition and reward that they deserved!
Click HERE to see the video made by the Callington/Saltash CATS Friday Night Project Media Group and presented at the 6th Annual CATS Awards!
Callington / Saltash CATS have sent us the following press release concerning their Annual Awards Evening: –
Olympic Bronze Medallist attends Awards evening
Over 350 people attended the 6th CATS awards evening recently held at St Mellion International. Bronze Olympic Medallist Casey Patten was among an array of local sports stars that hosted and helped to present the awards at this prestigious event. The evening was organised by Callington and Saltash C.A.T.S ( Community Action Through Sport)
Inspirational local sports stars were in attendance to present the young people with their awards, including Casey Patten open water Olympic Bronze Medalist, Local Plymouth Raiders stars Jamie Burcher and Jay Marriot, Revis Crowle athletics coach and Cornwall Volunteer of the Year and Chris Lambley downhill mountain biker.
The athletes were interviewed by young presenters from the ‘Credability’ Project and were able to share their experiences with the audience. The young people enjoyed listening to their stories and were inspired by their recognition of the value of volunteers and the importance they have in sport and many other areas of the community.
Over 180 young people received an award ranging from a level 1 award which is the first step into volunteering to level 5.
The CATS volunteer of the year award for 2013 went to two students from Saltash.net , Charlotte Yellop and Ross Raymond Jones. In previous years this has been awarded to one student but in a very strong field it proved too difficult to separate two outstanding individuals so it was decided to give the CATS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR as a joint award.
Ross has volunteered his services for a number of years in a variety of ways. He has given up many hours of his time to benefit individuals in the wider community and nothing is too much trouble. He is well respected amongst his peers and his positive attitude clearly benefits others around him. Although his volunteering was recognized last year with a level 3 award he has progressed further by taking the lead on a number of projects involving both fundraising and work in the community. Within the school community he has taken on the role as one of the head student’s which has involved a number of fundraising projects such as the ‘Love in the box’ appeal and helping with money collection for Breast Cancer Awareness. In the wider community he organizes a group of students to attend weekly sessions to teach ICT skills to the local elderly community.
Charlotte has been invaluable to her school community helping both with an after school homework club and the reading mentor scheme; along with helping out as a classroom assistant in a year 7 and year 8 class. She has also been involved in fundraising in school such as selling badges for Breast Cancer Awareness. In the wider community she has undertaken two very special roles. One of these was with Age Concern becoming involved in their befriending scheme where she would give up her time to visit an elderly person in the community.
Michelle Roberts from Callington and Saltash CATS stated ‘Once again the standard of volunteering has been high and the commitment and dedication of young people in our community has been recognised in an inspirational awards evening. I am proud of what our young volunteers have achieved and would encourage then to continue with their volunteering as they are vital to our community’.
Students from both Callington Community College and Saltash.net received awards ranging from level 1 to level 4. These included nominations from a wide range of organisations including K3, the Lions, Brownies, Scouts, Youth Council and a whole range of organisations who nominated young people who have made a difference in their local community.
OTHER NEWS –
CredAbility Project for young people 14 to 19 years
GRAFFITI ART PROJECT – Friday 26th April 2013 7pm – 9pm
Callington/Saltash CATS are looking for volunteers to join the Graffiti Art Team. The project starts on Friday 26th April 2013 and run from 7pm – 9pm in TICTAC with the assistance of a professional Graffiti artist!
You could even gain accreditation for the Youth Achievement Award
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jacqui on 0797 7601 366
Are you a young person in the Callington / Saltash area?
If so then Callington / Saltash CATS have an exciting opportunity for you. Through their CredAbility Project they can offer you the chance to: –
– Get involved
– Plan a wide range of activities and events
– Gain many volunteering hours
– Gain accreditation while training
– Meet new friends
– Volunteer and have fun
For more information contact Jacqui on 07977 601366 or via email@example.com
Drop in & Cafe Nights @ Tic Tac
Friday 8th March 7pm – 9pm
Friday 15th March 7pm – 9pm
Friday 22nd March – SPACE EVENT 7:30pm – 9:30pm at Callington Town Hall
Friday 19th April 7pm – 9pm
Friday 24th April 7pm – 9pm
For more info contact Jacqui on 07977 601366 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter Holiday Activity Days are running on Wedensday 3rd April 10am – 3pm @ Sports Centre AND Thursday 11th April 10am – 3pm @ Sports Centre
For more info contact Jacqui on 07977 601366 or via email@example.com
Paediatric First Aid Course is yet to be confirmed but is planned for Tuesday 9th April 9:30am – 3pm
For more info contact Jacqui on 07977 601366 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE British Red Cross Baby Sitting Course
Starting on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Callington/Saltash CATS will be offering (via their CredAbility Project) a FREE British Red Cross Baby Sitting Course to young people aged 14 – 19 years. Booking is essential as places are limited, please contact Jacqui via email@example.com or using 07977 601366
Half Term Events – February 2013
Callington/Saltash CATS, in conjunction with Callington Sport & Leisure have organised a full programme of events for February 2013 Half Term (18.02.13 – 22.02.13) including Fun and Games, Climbing, Archery, Trampolining, Cookery, Dance, Badminton, Football and Basketball (with Plymouth Raiders).
Please contact Beth on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to make a booking. Booking is ESSENTIAL!
2013 Awards Evening
Callington & Saltash CATS have set a date for their 2013 Awards Evening – 13th February 2013 at St Mellion International. The CATS committee are now accepting nominations so if you know a young person in the Callington & Saltash area who deserves to be rewarded for their positive community action please feel free to download a Nomination Form using the link above and return it to the address below:-
Callington & Saltash CATS, C/O Callington Community College, Launceston Road, Callington Cornwal,l PL17 7DR
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2013 AWARDS NOW CLOSED!
Callington & Saltash CATS Credability Project
Dates & Events
Jan 11th – Cafe
Jan 13th – Event with Cave Frankenstein Spoof Panto – TBC
Jan 18th – Cafe – Film, Photography & Presenting Project
Jan 26th – CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety & Catering
Be sure to book you place on the above course in advance.
Feb 1st – Cafe – Film, Photography & Presenting Project
Feb 8th – Cafe – Film, Photography & Presenting Project
Feb 8th – Event – Year 7 & 8 Valentine Disco at Callington Town Hall
Feb 13th – Event – 2013 Awards Evening at St Mellion Hotel
Look out for Dance Workshops and First Aid or Basic Food Hygiene courses in the near future!
PLEASE COME & SHARE YOUR IDEAS
For more info email@example.com Call Jacqui on 0797 7601 366
THE FRIDAY NIGHT PROJECT
Friday Nights in the town of Callington have just been revamped!!!
Michelle Roberts Vice Chair of Callington and Saltash C.A.T.S stated’ This is something we have worked very hard over the last 12 months to achieve in response to the many requests made by young people for more acitvities within the town of Calllington. This has been fully supported by the town council, police and the youth service and we are hoping the project will be a huge success. ‘
As the project develops it is hoped that young people will be increasingly involved in the planning and organising of the evenings’ activities and eventually the project will become self sustaining. It is also hoped that in January 2011, the Friday night project will open a community youth Café 2 Fridays of the month with the 3 rd Friday being an arts based entertainment event.
This will provide young people with the opportunity to become involved in local projects which will include the organisation of fund raising events for local and national charities, projects which will aim to improve the local environment including beach cleans, litter picks and art projects. The café will also promote volunteering for local organisations and support the local community.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the Big Lottery Fund which is helping to get the project up and running, as well as all the valuable input from the Youth Service, Town Council and local Police.
The Friday Night project has been developed by C.A.T.S (Community Action Through Sport), which is a local charity which aims to promote, recognise and reward positive community action through the presentation of sports based awards. The community action by the young person does not have to be sports related. This has been running as a charity in the Callington area now since April 2007 and has delivered several positive activity programmes with the town of Callington which have been successful. C.A.T.S is a multi agency charity made up of representatives from the Callington College, Police, Youth Service, Extended Services, Cornwall Council and Callington town council.
CALLINGTON CATS AWARDS 2012
They took place on February 27th at the St Mellion Golf and Country Club. 180 young people from Callington and Saltash were recognised and rewarded with a vast choice of sports activities. VIP presenters included the inspirational Afghanistan veteren Mark Omerod who lost both legs and an arm while serving in the army and now raises money for others by running and walking all over the world! Olympian Rower Ed Coode also presented awards and showed the audience the Olympic Gold medal achieved in Athens. It was an incredible night. Well done to all the young people who value volunteering in the community and thanks to Callington and Saltash CATS for running another incredible evening.