Inaugural Michael Stewart Volunteering Award announced to commemorate his legacy and to celebrate Volunteers' Week

7 Jun 2024
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Aberdeen Foyer is proud to announce the creation of the Michael Stewart Volunteering Award, a new accolade established to recognise outstanding volunteers who have gone above and beyond in supporting Aberdeen Foyer and its clients. This award is named in honour of Michael Stewart, a beloved volunteer and member of our community who passed away this spring.


The Michael Stewart Volunteering Award is announced this Volunteers’ week and will be presented during the Volunteers' Week in the future, celebrating the invaluable contributions of those who selflessly give their time and energy to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Michael Stewart was a passionate advocate for our mission, and his legacy of kindness, generosity, and unwavering support continues to inspire us all.


"We are so happy to introduce the Michael Stewart Award during Volunteers' Week, a time when we honour the incredible efforts of our volunteers," said Anne Kain, Aberdeen Foyer’s Head of Learning and Employability, "Like many of our volunteers, Michael came through our doors almost ten years ago, looking for support with his wellbeing. Not long after joining the Foyer he was supporting other clients and staff himself. Michael's dedication and spirit have left an indelible mark on our organisation, and this award ensures his legacy lives on by recognising those who embody his commitment to helping others."


The recipient of the Michael Stewart Award will be a volunteer who exemplifies exceptional service, dedication, and compassion. This individual will have demonstrated a remarkable ability to connect with and support Aberdeen Foyer. Nominations for the award will be accepted from staff, clients, and fellow volunteers, ensuring a comprehensive and inclusive selection process. A panel made of staff and board members will choose the recipient each year.


Many knew Michael as a friendly face, first working at the allotment and then helping in the kitchen at Marywell, sometimes running the show by himself. His kindness, empathy, and willingness to go the extra mile made a profound difference in the lives of many. Heather Farquhar, Development Coach for Aberdeen Foyer, worked with Michael for nearly nine years and appreciated his desire to learn new things and bring people together:


“We used to make mince and tatties for lunch, and he wanted to learn to make skirlie. Another time he wanted to make a hammock and he finger knitted one. He took great pride in his work and came to the Foyer every morning on time to cook - ready to feed his friends, clients and colleagues. I hope he knew how I enjoyed working alongside him, there won’t be another one like him.”

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Aberdeen Foyer invites the community to join us in celebrating Volunteers' Week and honouring the memory of Michael Stewart by recognising the exceptional contributions of our volunteers.