At the OCVA (Oxfordshire Community & Voluntary Action) 2018 Awards ceremony held in Oxford Town Hall on the 5th June The Gatehouse scooped the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘well-established groups which have been delivering a service over a considerable length of time’ in the face of some very stiff competition. The other three shortlisted charities in this category were Asylum Welcome, Home-Start Oxford, and Restore, any of which would have made worthy winners.
In the words of Gatehouse Project Director, Katrina Horne, “this is a huge honour for The Gatehouse, and a massive pat on the back for all Gatehouse volunteers past and present. OCVA Awards are all about recognising the dedication and tireless efforts of volunteers, and all I can say is that it is definitely well-deserved by our marvellous team, without whom we wouldn’t have been able to provide essential support for the homeless and vulnerably housed in Oxford in the way that we have for the past 30 years.”
Unfortunately there wasn’t room at the Town Hall for the whole volunteer team to attend, but The Gatehouse were able to send two representatives, Dee Garson and David Kay, who were present to pick up the Award and smile cheerfully for the cameras.
A full list of winning charities in all categories can be found on the OCVA website.