Girlguiding North West England has been shortlisted for three awards at the North West Charity Awards – an annual ceremony to honour, recognise, and celebrate outstanding professionals and best practice within charities.

Helen Salvini, County Commissioner, from Manchester, was shortlisted for the Trustee of the Year Award, for the outstanding contribution she has made to the charity. Helen runs a Ranger unit and supports a campsite in Disley while offering bags of support to the region. Over the past year, she has helped to put on exciting events and activities for girls while supporting the region with strategy development.

Helen said: "I was surprised and delighted to learn that I had been nominated for this award.  I am very proud to be a trustee for Girlguiding North West England and am grateful for all the opportunities this has given me.  To be a decision-maker for a charity working with over 60,000 young members and leaders is both challenging and enjoyable.  It is enormously rewarding because it gives me the chance to shape our future as well as providing opportunities for all our members to develop, gain new skills and have fun.

“I am part of some amazing teams and have met and worked with many inspiring leaders who continue to challenge and develop me.  Whilst all of this is very important to me I draw much of my energy and enthusiasm from spending time with young members, in particular, my Ranger unit who never cease to amaze me, ground me, make me laugh, remind me what is most important and motivate me.  I am looking forward to the Awards Night in September."

The training team at Girlguiding North West England are finalists for the Volunteer of the Year Award for their tireless work ensuring Girlguiding North West England is a safe space for girls and volunteers. The team has supported the region in ensuring that as an organisation they remain compliant with safeguarding. 

The charity has also been shortlisted for the North West Charity of the Year Award. The prestigious award will go to the organisation that has had a truly exceptional year. Julie Walton, Region Chief Commissioner, said: “To be shortlisted for three awards is outstanding and very much deserved recognition for the incredible work all of our volunteers do every day. For it to be recognised, more publicly, is a fantastic achievement. It is a celebration of all our volunteers, and it drives us to provide more life-changing opportunities for more girls. We’re very much looking forward to celebrating at the awards ceremony in September, and only wish we could take every member.”

Representatives from the girls’ charity will attend the North West Charity Awards on Friday 29 September 2019.