Inspiring volunteers at Sanctuary Supported Living take home city award

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Plymouth Herald editor Paul Burton with PDAS volunteers Sue Scales, Sarah Buckingham and Mikaela Grinstead
Plymouth Herald editor Paul Burton with PDAS volunteers Sue Scales, Sarah Buckingham and Mikaela Grinstead

A Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) service that assists people in fleeing domestic abuse has won a local award for the work carried out by its volunteers.

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services’ (PDAS) volunteering team took home the Good Deed accolade at the city’s Inspiring Volunteering Awards on Thursday 5 June.

Organised by the Plymouth Guild, in partnership with Plymouth University and the Plymouth Herald, the awards are designed to recognise the significant contribution that volunteers make to the City of Plymouth.

The PDAS volunteer team was recognised for helping staff to support clients in overcoming domestic abuse and moving forward.

PDAS volunteer co-ordinator Mandy Pearce and volunteers Mikaela Grinstead, Sarah Buckingham and Sue Scales attended the awards evening at the Plymouth Guild Hall.

Mandy said: “We’re extremely proud of our volunteers – they use their own time to put a lot of work into helping others who really need it.

“Along with assisting directly with the support we provide to our clients, they have also been a great help with the running and maintenance of the service.

“With their help we have been able to widen the contact between our clients and the wider community, helping them to move on and re-integrate.”

A Plymouth Guild spokesperson said: “The Good Deed award is given to a group of people who carry out exceptional work to support our communities.

“Although PDAS’ group of volunteers were originally nominated for the Team award, we felt they really fit the bill for the Good Deed award.”

For more information about PDAS, or to enquire about support, phone: 01752 252033.

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