A Bury College Healthcare learner has claimed the Volunteer Champion award for Revitalise, Sandpipers Southport.

16 year old Tanya Kennedy completed a work experience placement at Revitalise, a charity which provides breaks for disabled people and carers. The Revitalise holiday centre based in Sandpipers Southport offers residents a coastal mini-break for a much needed rest.

Tanya said of her award win, “I was extremely shocked but really happy and proud to hear that I had won the award. It was great to be involved with the charity and I am looking forward to returning in August to do more work with them.”

The charity offers inspirational opportunities for volunteers through one of the largest, most diverse volunteer programmes in the UK. Tanya, a former St Cuthbert’s RC High School pupil, spent a full week in Southport and stayed there for the duration. Tanya believes the opportunity really developed her confidence and communication skills and is grateful for the support she received from her Bury College tutors to help source the work experience.

During her placement, the Level 3 Healthcare student helped to care for the service users by serving meals and assisting people to eat and helping on daytrips and attending to specific needs of individuals.

The Revitalise Volunteer Champion award recognises the amazing work that volunteers contribute to the guest and carers who holiday with the charity. Tanya was praised for her great maturity during her placement.

Work experience plays an important part on the Healthcare courses at Bury College. Kick-start your career in the care sector -  secure your place on a course at Bury College this September, call 0161 280 8280.