Outstanding Arthur is volunteer of the year

Voluntary Action Rotherham Awards' Cllr. Mahroof Hussain awards the Volunteer of the Year title to Arthur Whiteway
Voluntary Action Rotherham Awards' Cllr. Mahroof Hussain awards the Volunteer of the Year title to Arthur Whiteway

OCTOGENARIAN ‘dynamo’ Arthur Whiteway – who gives 60 hours a week to the community – has been honoured as an outstanding volunteer.

The 84-year-old, of Kiveton Park, still does building maintenance and gardening for Kiveton Park and Wales Community Trust as well as delivering newsletters to homes in the area.

His dedication paid off when he scooped The 2011 Volunteer prize at Rotherham’s Community Achievement Awards

“Arthur’s a dynamo, whose commitment and drive would shame most people half his age”, said Coun Mahroof Hussain, Rotherham Council cabinet member for community development and engagement.

“But as an octogenarian Arthur is a genuine marvel who is committed to doing the best he can for his local area.”

Friday’s emotional award ceremony, the eighth, also saw Shiloh Rotherham on Westgate win the top project award for providing refuge and services for the homeless and disadvantaged.

Peter Broxham presented the honour as retiring chairman of Voluntary Action Rotherham, which organised the awards on behalf of Rotherham Partnership.

And the Young Volunteer was claimed by John Colley, 21, of Whiston.

John turned his life around after a troublesome youth, volunteers at SOVA – Supporting Others Through Volunteer Action – and has developed his own social enterprise called Project Destiny to offer practical support to youngsters in need.

Carole Hayward, manager of the Rotherham Partnership, who presented the award, said: “Young volunteers are a tremendous asset to any organisation as they bring energy and vigour as well as the ability to relate to, communicate with and influence their peers.”