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Frome volunteers named as Finalists in National Cat Awards 2019

 

Volunteers from Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch are celebrating after being announced as finalists in the National Cat Awards 2019

The team is one of three contenders in the Star Team award, recognising the dedication of volunteers that helps improve feline welfare.

 

The volunteers were nominated after organising an innovative new collaboration with Bath College to increase the number of cats they can help.

 

Previously, cats in the branch’s care were all looked after by volunteers in their own homes before they found a new owner. But after exploring ways to increase capacity, the branch approached staff at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus.

 

After months of planning and training, volunteers have now positioned a four-pen Cats Protection unit at the college, with students from Animal Care courses providing day-to-day care.

 

Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch Homing and Welfare Officer Mandy Wescott said:

 

“We’re always looking for ways to help more cats and one of our volunteers had the idea to approach Bath College, which teaches a number of Animal Care courses. It took a lot of planning and hard work, but we now have a fully-fledged cattery at the college where up to eight cats can be cared for until they find new homes. We provide on-going training and guidance, as well as organising admissions, vet checks and rehoming. The students provide the daily hands-on cat care, under the supervision of their teachers. It’s a win-win situation for everyone – we’re able to help more cats and the cats themselves enjoy plenty of care and attention from a large number of capable students. The students themselves benefit not only from the experience of providing hands-on care, but also from working with Cats Protection on feline welfare.”

 

The team now needs to wait until Thursday 8 August when winners will be announced and trophies presented at an awards ceremony at London’s Savoy, an event attended by celebrities including entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, former England goalkeeper David Seaman and his wife, Dancing on Ice star Frankie Seaman.

 

Cats Protection’s awards organiser Kate Bunting said:

 

“The commitment of our volunteers is truly inspiring and has a hugely positive, long-lasting impact on cat welfare. It’s a privilege to hear their stories and celebrate such amazing achievements.”

 

Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards, organised by the UK’s largest cat charity and sponsored by PURINA®, is an annual celebration of the real-life stories of heroism, loyalty and companionship in the feline world. You can vote in the National Cat Awards, and read the feline testimonials by clicking here

 

Elisa Rossetto with plastic bag balloon

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Thank you to our Student Volunteers at Forest of Imagination

 

Last weekend saw Forest of Imagination return to the streets of Bath. The series of creative, family friendly art installations and events were helped by a group of Bath College student volunteers.
 

Elisa Rossetto (pictured above) volunteered all weekend helping on both the maze and also managing Kingsmead Square.
 

Elisa is an International student from Italy, studying English as a Second Language at Bath College as well as Photography and Graphic Design and is gearing up for her CIE exam.
 

“The best bit of Forest of Imagination was working with the giant balloon made of plastic bags.
 

“It was great to be in the middle of the square with so many people and so many activities taking place.”
 
Rhys Evans with college Forest of Imagination display
Rhys Evans, (pictured above) who is studying Level 3 Performing and Production Arts was also volunteering across the weekend, stewarding and keeping an eye on all the activities.
 

He said: “The thing about this weekend I enjoyed most was being able to work as part of a team and building my teamwork skills.
 

“I thought the best was the performances going on at the riverside, they were really good fun.”
 
Yehee volunteering
Yehee Kim (pictured above) is currently studying the University of Bath International Foundation Year course at Bath College. She volunteered as she saw it as a great opportunity to be drawn into the Bath community.
 
“One of the most memorable activities was the Confuserphones. It is a headphone connected with a twisted tunnel that fakes the place of where the sound is coming from. The principle is easy but I was so amazed about it.
 
“I was also at the Forest Den at the Kingsmead Square. I really loved it because it was a nice place to read books while stewarding. Many books with different genres were equipped on the shelves and there were log chairs that anyone could come in, grab a book and read it. I have never imagined a den library at a crowded city. Frankly, I felt like I was in a fairly tale.
 
“I do really recommend other students to volunteer for social activities held in Bath.”
 
Bath College are delighted to have been involved again with Forest of Imagination and were collecting crisp packets and plastic bags in reception to add to the installations. The Willow tree outside Roper Reception was transformed into a forest spectacle as well.
 

A big thank you to all of our student volunteers for all your hard work.
 

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