The Bay of Colwyn Town Council is delighted to announce the winners of the Bay of Colwyn Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2023.  The nominations were considered by the Volunteer Awards Committee, which includes representatives from the local community and from Community and Voluntary Support Conwy (CVSC).  Award recipients were invited to the Town Hall on Monday 17th April, with the winners of each category being presented with a slate plaque and certificate by the Town Mayor, Cllr Colin Matthews.

Winners of the Bay of Colwyn Volunteer Awards 2023 are:

Adult (25-64 yrs):        Paula Jones

Adult (65+):                 Ray Herbert MBE

Young Group:              Conwy Connect

Group:                         St Joseph’s Food Bank

Green Group:            Incredible Edibles

The Town Council created a new award in 2019, in memory of a former Town Councillor and Mayor and the first Chairman of the Volunteer Awards Committee, John Davies. The ‘John Davies Memorial Award for Volunteering’ is presented annually to a volunteer from the Bay of Colwyn Area selected by the Town Mayor.

The John Davies Memorial Award for Volunteering 2023 was awarded to Rhos Rotary.

Highly Commended certificates were also presented to:

Adult (25-64yrs):         James Healy & Lydia Fernandez-Arias

Adult (65+):                 Bill McMillan & Christopher Pownall

Young Group:              Rhos Scouts

Group:                         Happy Faces

The Volunteer Awards evening included the presentation of cheques for the large grants awarded by the Town Council for the new financial year, as these also go to local groups or organisations that contribute to the wellbeing of our residents and the wider community.

Large grants were awarded to:

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Town Mayor, Cllr Colin Matthews, said; “As one of my first duties in my Mayoral Year last May, and now as one of my final duties as Town Mayor for the Bay of Colwyn, I am delighted to have been invited to present the awards for this, the twelfth annual Bay of Colwyn Volunteer of the Year Awards. During my year as Mayor, I have very much enjoyed having the opportunity to visit a variety of local clubs, voluntary groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations and witness first-hand the amount of time and effort members of our community are prepared to give to help these local good causes, and to support those organisations that are busy helping others in our community.’

Later this year, the Bay of Colwyn Town Council will be inviting nominations for its Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2023/24.  There are seven categories for nomination:

–   Young Person (under 25 years), or group of young people
–   Adult (25-64)
–   Adult (65 and over)
–   Green Volunteer or group
–   Other Group

–   Trustee

–    Additional Category


Chair of the Volunteer Committee, Cllr Abdul Khan, states: “We are now in the twelfth year of our Volunteer Awards, which were introduced to recognise the valued contribution of our many local volunteers and voluntary groups, who show selflessness, devotion and service to the local community and are an inspiration to others.  This is our annual opportunity to say “thank you” and I would urge you all to think about the other unsung heroes in your community and consider nominating someone you know for next year’s awards”.

 The deadline for receipt of nominations for our next awards is 31st January 2024.

Nomination forms and guidelines will be available on-line at or by e-mail request to: [email protected].  For further information:  Tina Earley, Town Clerk, Bay of Colwyn Town Council, [email protected]  01492 532248