STEPHEN HOWARD, BCAc
Stephen has been volunteering with the Kingstanding Food Community for five years since the project first opened. He volunteers every weekday, and even ‘pops in’ at the weekend too. He now runs his own workshops after undertaking formal training.
Kingstanding Food Community is about mental health, food and bringing the local community together. Without judging the lifestyles of families who use the facility, it helps them get the best out of life by learning about healthy living and wellbeing. It also runs free activities for the community.
Stephen manages the entire day-to-day needs of the project, including food date checks, temperature checks, setting up stands and cleaning. He himself suffers from Crohn’s disease and osteoarthritis and his wife is extremely ill. This does not stop him attending every day without fail despite being dependant on his mobility scooter.
At one time, when there was a funding gap the café section was closed with many volunteers drifting away, Stephen continued to go in every day to ensure the project survived. When the café was re-opened, Stephen was moved to tears, such is his commitment. He is dedicated and passionate about making a difference in his community.
Nominated by: Stephanie Adelaar