Volunteer winner named

15 October 2020

Methodist Insurance Church Volunteers Awards

Our Methodist Insurance Church Volunteers Awards competition was an amazing success – you sent in more than two hundred outstanding nominations, all of whom had given up days and weeks of their own time to help in their church and wider community.

The standard of entries was incredibly high, and our judges had a very hard time whittling them down to the eleven regional finalists – each of whom won a prize of £1,000 for their church – and then choosing the overall winner.

We were planning to announce that winner at a celebration dinner in London, but the COVID-19 outbreak meant we had to think creatively and arrange a ‘virtual tea party’ online instead – and we also decided to name two runners-up at the same time.

And the National Winner is...

After difficult deliberation, Andrew Barber – who worships at Latchford Methodist Church, Warrington, Cheshire – was named overall winner, and was awarded a further £2,000 to be spent in his church.

Our runners up

Runners-up were the volunteer team at Pollokshaws Methodist Church Job Club in Glasgow, and Jane and David Casey, of London Road Methodist Church in Horsham, Sussex.

Each runner-up receives a further £1,000 toward church funds.

You can read each of their humbling stories below, together with those of the other finalists. You can also watch a short video of the announcements here.

Volunteer awards

Every one a star

Our congratulations go out not just to the winners, but to everyone who was nominated. 

At Methodist Insurance, we’re passionate about championing the rich and varied contribution that churches make to society. None of this would be possible without those who dedicate their time and energy to support the church and enrich their local community — the church volunteers. 

No matter how small their contribution, their impact often makes a big difference to the lives of others. 

Take a look below to see just a small selection of the wonderful entries we received.