Date: 28/11/2008 Category: Learning and Achievement
Sam Newman, a beneficiary from Medway Council’s Project Reignite, has beaten thousands of people to win a prestigious award. Sam, 26, and lives in Chatham, was referred to Project Reignite 15 months ago. Drug and alcohol misuse meant that Sam had lost all of her confidence and life was a struggle. Since joining the scheme Sam has turned her life around. She completed a drug and alcohol programme and has now been clean for more than a year. Sam was encouraged to become a Voluntary Medway Ambassador to let hard to reach residents know about Medway’s regeneration plans. She has now been named Kent County Council’s Volunteer of the Year for her commitment to help others improve their lives. Project Reignite provides employment support for people who are either unemployed or on low wages in five Medway neighbourhoods: All Saints, Brook Lines, Melville and Brompton, Strood South and Twydall. Sam was delighted at winning the award. She said: “I am so happy. My volunteer work with Project Reignite has given me so much confidence. I enjoy getting out there and helping others, I would recommend it to anyone.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth Jane Chitty said: “I am delighted for Sam. This award signifies everything that she has worked towards as a volunteer. Project Reignite is proud to have worked alongside someone that works so hard to achieve the very best for people and she has every opportunity of having a very bright future.” Portfolio Holder for Community Services Howard Doe added: “This is a brilliant achievement for Sam and it is great to see that all of her hard work and dedication has been recognised. Sam and Project Reignite should be proud of all their efforts.” Project Reignite is funded and supported by Medway Council, the South East England Development Agency, the European Union ERDF Interreg 3A programme, and Church in Society.