ACKNOWLEDGMENT of individuals service and support to the local community, has seen five of Burton Albion Community Trust’s (BACT) staff members and volunteers receive recognition at an annual Trent and Dove Housing celebration at Pirelli Stadium.

Trent & Dove Housing celebrated its 14th annual Impact on the Community Awards on Friday 22nd November. The evening gave gratitude to all of the vital work carried out by individuals, organisations and local businesses who’ve helped to shine a spotlight on the projects that have transformed homes, lives and neighbourhoods across East Staffordshire, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire.

BACT Volunteer, Jessica Drew, won the ‘Against All Odds’ award following her nomination. Jessica has been a keen volunteer for BACT and has always gone above and beyond whilst working on sessions. In particular, she has been a regular supporter at BACT’s Soccer Schools at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre, tallying up over 500 voluntary hours in the past year!

BACT staff Adam Lawrence, Harry Winterton, James Winterton and Nathan Turner also received special recognition in the ‘Impact on Young People’ category, following their work every Friday evening at the Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre Kicks session.

This isn’t the first time in recent years that BACT have won an award at the ceremony, as the Burton Albion National Citizen Service (NCS) project won the Overall Impact on the Community by an Organisation award, just last year in 2018.

Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “We’re delighted that 5 of our representatives received recognition at the awards evening.

“We work closely with Trent and Dove Housing, who are one of our Friends of the Community, and we’re delighted to have received a number of award nominations for the night.

“Firstly, a special mention must go to Jessica (Drew) on winning her award. Her hard work and commitment to the Soccer Schools that we run is invaluable and we’re delighted for her. She’s a avid Burton Albion fan and demonstrates all of the core values that we look for in the people that represent BACT.

“Also, we’re delighted that the lads (Adam, Harry, James and Nathan) received special recognition in the Impact on Young People category. They work tirelessly, especially during hours that aren’t always classed as the most sociable, and they do a fantastic job. It’s great that they’ve been recognised at such a fabulous event.”