Borders College

Joe named Local Hero at Volunteer Awards

Borders College Students’ Association Student Ambassador/Volunteer Administration Assistant, Joe Devlin, was recently awarded the ‘Local Hero’ award at the Volunteer Centre Borders ‘Loving Our Volunteers’ Awards 2018.

Joe Devlin

'Loving Our Volunteers' Local Hero Award 2018 winner Joe Devlin.

Joe, from Newtown St Boswells, was nominated by fellow student and Borders College Regional Board of Management Student Representative David Elder, in honour of his volunteer work for both Momentum Skills and the Borders College Students’ Association (BCSA), not to mention the time he devotes to helping organise events and outings for Heads Together service users.

Speaking of his award, Joe said:

“When my name was announced, I was in shock – I’m just coming back down to earth!  Hearing at the awards ceremony about what work the other volunteers have done was fantastic, and I just feel so humbled, as the work I do is something I enjoy and don’t think twice about doing.”

After sustaining a serious head injury a number of years ago, Joe’s experiences of living with a brain injury initially made him resist the idea of attending the Skills for Acquired Brain Injury course at college, but he soon came to enjoy his time as a student, saying that the interaction with fellow students and also staff members helped him through a challenging time.  Joe sees his time at Borders College, both past and present, as a major part of his life and considers his volunteer work to be greatly beneficial to his health, giving him a real sense of purpose and motivation without which he may spend considerably more time at home.

Joe DevlinThis year the Local Hero Award was named in memory of the late Barry J Jackson, described by a Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) board member as, “a highly respected and much loved volunteer adviser with Central Borders CAB who despite his own illness, helped many people through difficult situations and was a very supportive colleague within the Bureau.”

Barry’s wife and daughter presented Joe with his award at the Valentine’s Day ceremony, where he was accompanied by David Elder and good friend Linda.

BCSA Development Officer, Amy Hamilton, echoes everyone’s sentiments at Borders College by saying:

“Thank you Joe for all the work you do at BCSA and in the wider community.  We are all so proud of you.  You really are a superstar!”

Photos from the awards can be viewed on the Volunteer Centre Borders Facebook page.

Published: Tue 6th Mar, 2018