Town volunteer sets high standard at Young Achievers Award ceremony

Jamie Over, right
Jamie Over, right
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A volunteer from Daventry was named top three in the East Midlands for Prince’s Trust Award on Monday, November 10.

Jamie Over missed out on the winner’s prize but came in the top three Young Achievers for the region at a ceremony held at the Roundhouse in Derby.

The recognition is part of the annual Celebrate Success Awards run by the Trust which showcase inspiring young people that have overcome barriers to make positive contributions in their community.

Jamie is 27 and lives in Daventry. He was first diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome two years ago, yet since then has become an active volunteer with Daventry and District Housing (DDH) and organises dozens of events for the local community. These include numerous coffee mornings for older residents living in DDH sheltered schemes.

Jamie said he was delighted to have made the finals for the Young Achiever category for the region and was proud to have been nominated for the award.

He said: “It would have been amazing to have won, but I am so honoured to have been named in the top three young achievers for the East Midlands. I would highly recommend the Prince’s Trust to young people that want to get back into employment, develop their self-esteem and build their confidence.

“My confidence has increased so much after all the volunteering I’ve been doing with DDH and in the local community. I really enjoy the work I do, helping people and making a difference to their lives.”

Jo Miller, volunteer co-ordinator at DDH said, “We have lots of volunteers in a variety of areas at Daventry & District Housing and Jamie has certainly set the standard. He was one of our first volunteers and he has been brilliant.

“It’s been a privilege to be part of Jamie’s journey and see his confidence grow in the past year. He fully deserves all of the recognition he has received.”

Jamie’s Northampton College tutor, Stephen Roberts, added he had benefitted immensely from training opportunities: “Jamie’s confidence and social interaction skills have improved so much since he started the course.”