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Best Young Volunteer of the Year award for Heavitree charity shop worker

PUBLISHED: 13:37 17 July 2013

Andy Roberts, WESC’s Social Enterprise Manager, with Ian Morrison, winner of Young Volunteer Award, and Ian’s mum

Andy Roberts, WESC’s Social Enterprise Manager, with Ian Morrison, winner of Young Volunteer Award, and Ian’s mum

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Former WESC Foundation student Ian Morrison has won the Charity Retail Association’s prestigious award

FORMER WESC Foundation student, Ian Morrison, has been awarded the Charity Retail Associations national award for Best Young Volunteer of the Year following his contribution to the organisations charity shop in Heavitree, Exeter.

Ian, 25, received residential education and care at WESC from the age of four and started volunteering for the organisation in March 2010.

Andy Roberts, WESC’s Social Enterprise Manager, comments: “Ian has a number of disabilities to contend with, but he is always happy, positive, punctual, reliable, smart, polite, and he genuinely loves working at the shop. He has a positive impact on everyone he meets and a regular customer left a legacy of £30,000 to the charity, this was a direct result of seeing the progress in Ian.”

In 2010, the WESC Social Enterprise Department was nationally recognised by the Charity Retail Association for its innovating practise of using the charities shops to inspire young people at WESC to realise and maximise their full potential.

“WESC created individual, worthwhile vocational experiences that complemented each young person’s personality and ability. Our aim is to aid the transition from college to adulthood by giving our young people new skills and social interactions that will build on their self-confidence. Our social enterprise shops enable students to leave WESC confident in their own abilities and that in turn enables them to contribute to society in a way that leaves others also inspired by their achievements.”

Ian Morrison is an excellent example of how someone given the right encouragement, support and vocational stimuli can not only achieve great things, but also positively impact, and contribute to the lives of others. We are immensely proud of his achievement and of the contribution he, and his colleagues, make every day.” adds Andy.

For more information about WESC Social Enterprise Scheme, please visit wescfoundation.ac.uk

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