Earlier this month, Clwyd (spanning Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Wrexham), recently celebrated some of the amazing volunteers and organisations at the High Sheriff’s Community Awards. Held at Brynkinalt Hall, this event was a fantastic chance to say a big ‘thank you’ to those who’ve gone above and beyond in their service to the community.

Kate Hill-Trevor, the High Sheriff of Clwyd for 2023/2024, highlighted the importance of recognising these contributions: “I hope that by sharing some of their stories, we will encourage and inspire others to give volunteering a go as well.” It was a sentiment that rang true for everyone there.

Dan Reynolds, the lead volunteer at 1st Mynydd Isa Scout Group in Flintshire, was among the awardees. He was honoured for his dedication of over 15 years to supporting the young people in his Scout group. It’s volunteers like Dan who embody the spirit of Scouting, showing what we can achieve with dedication and teamwork.

Andy Blundell, another Scout volunteer, summed it up perfectly in the Flintshire Scout District’s Volunteer Facebook Group: “Congratulations Dan and totally deserved. The award recognises the time, the work and the efforts you put in to the group, the district, our local area and scouting in general. Things always move forwards when you are involved and proud to call you a mate. Well done mate!”

It was an evening that celebrated the essence of Scouting – community service, friendship, and making a positive impact. Through recognising the hard work of volunteers like Dan, we not only celebrate their achievements but also inspire others to join us in making a difference. The High Sheriff’s Community Awards remind us all of the power of volunteering and the impact we can have on the lives of young people and our communities.

High Sheriff of Clwyd, Kate Hill-Trevor with Dan Reynolds.
(Photo: Paula Michelle)
Dan’s award.
(Photo: Paula Michelle)
Photo of all the recipients at Brynkinalt Hall.
(Photo: Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham)