A 21-year-old woman from Bradford, who volunteers with Barnardo’s Bradford SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service), has won the nationwide Marsh Trust Young Volunteer of the Year Award.
Khadeeja Bashir was given the award by Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan at a special celebratory event at the HQ of Sainsbury’s in London for demonstrating an exceptional level of support and commitment. Barnardo’s SENDIASS helps parents and children with special educational needs to navigate the system, so that people can get the best for their children.Khadeeja was nominated by Debbie Jowett who manages the SENDIASS service. Khadeeja said,
“I shadow the case workers going to different schools and meetings with parents and children and I do administrative office work, so I help the team to make their working lives a little easier.”
Barnardo’s has more than 8,000 committed staff and more than 20,000 dedicated volunteers, without whom, many children and young people would not get the vital support they need every day. Barnardo’s Director for the North, Steve Oversby, said:
“Without our amazing workforce and volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to keep making a difference to children’s lives. These awards show our appreciation for everything they do to give some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in our society a better future.”