NAVCA held their Heart of the Community Awards on 4 December, celebrating the vital work of local infrastructure – and we are delighted to say that RVA’s Advice Manager, Herjeet Randhawa, won the Rising Star Leadership Award! You can watch the video below to hear RVA’s nomination. Presenting the award, Vicky Browning, Chief Executive of ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) said:
To me, exceptional leadership is about connections and relationships and authenticity and the desire to improve. It comes from both the head and the heart – it’s not selfish, it’s not a solo activity. And it’s leadership like this, that’s generous and person-centred, that’s been shown by so many people across the UK over the past year. It’s leadership like this that’s been helping us get through one of the most collectively challenging periods of our lives…this year it seems especially important to recognise and nurture new talent and new leaders because it’s clear that we need a lot more of the people showing the kinds of leadership seen in the nominations for this award if we’re going to create a better society in the future…
RVA’s Chief Executive, Rachel Spencer, said: ‘We are all so proud and delighted that Herjeet has received this award. We know you’ll all agree this is well deserved recognition for all her hard work and commitment’. Herjeet said: ‘I am really honoured to receive this award, but none of it is achieved alone. All those working and volunteering in the voluntary and community sector, including the whole RVA team, have shown such incredible dedication, skill and kindness in our communities in the last 8 months, even when it has been tough. It’s shown me the strength we have together to achieve social justice for all in our town’.
There were congratulations on Twitter, including from RVA’s chair of trustees, Karen Morton:
— Karen Morton (@KarenJMorton) December 4, 2020
One of the reasons I wanted to work in local infrastructure was the brilliant support I received from Herjeet @rva_news a few years back – her advice & encouragement helped me as a trustee of a small local charity to navigate a very tricky situation. A deserving winner!
— Katie Higginson (@KHigginsonUK) December 4, 2020
Congratulations and thanks
Congratulations from Reading Voluntary Action to all the nominees and winners at the awards! Kathryn Shepherdson of Hunts Forum and Stephanie Thompson of Community Impact Bucks were highly commended in the Rising Star category. Other awards included the Partnership Award, which went to Slough CVS and the Heart of Community Award, which went to Support Staffordshire. You can read more on NAVCA’s Twitter feed, or watch the awards on the NAVCA YouTube Channel. At the end of a tough year it’s been great to celebrate the amazing work of local infrastructure and feel uplifted for the work ahead – #NeverMoreNeeded.
Watch Vicky Browning present the award, and RVA’s nomination video, here: