Rodney Powell Award for Volunteering

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) launched the awards to recognise and celebrate the huge contribution volunteers make to both the charity and the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

Nominations and voting

We received a large volume of nominations in both the individual and team categories for volunteers’ work between January 2020 and August 2021. Voting was open from 16 August – 20 September. Voting is now closed.

Nominations were shortlisted by a scoring process where the team assessed the reason for nomination and the impact their work has made.  Maximum points were awarded for nominations that demonstrated volunteers going above and beyond their volunteering role and this work having a tangible impact on a regional or national level.

Outstanding Teams shortlist and winner 

Bristol Sight Loss Council – shortlisted for its work to develop visual awareness training with Bristol Eye Hospital

Gloucestershire Sight Loss Council sub group (Carrie Thould, Mary Woolley, Vivienne Coxhead) – shortlisted for its work with the Clinical Commissioning Group

Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council sub group (Ada Eravama, Anthony Gough, Lora Fachie, Maria Booth, Mary Gilbertson, Sophie Thornhill) – shortlisted for its ‘Lets’ Get Creatively Active’ event


York Sight Loss Council – shortlisted for its work with e-scooter operator TIER which led to the company being the first to commit to installing  audible vehicle alerts to its fleet, encouraging other providers to follow suit

Outstanding Individual shortlist and winner 

Frank McFarlane – Merseyside Sight Loss Council – shortlisted for raising awareness of the needs of blind and partially sighted people across employment, transport and sport.

Louise Lifely – Bristol Sight Loss Council – shortlisted for her contribution in developing vision awareness training

Steve Ewens – Bristol Sight Loss Council – shortlisted for his contribution to Sight Loss Council and Peer Networks


Krupali Parshotam – Student Voices – shortlisted for her contribution to Disabled Student Allowance reforms

Outstanding contribution to volunteering

Wayne Jordan – one of the founding members of Birmingham Sight Loss Council.  Wayne sadly passed away earlier this year.


Who was Rodney Powell?

Rodney Powell was Thomas Pocklington’s great nephew. He was a trustee at TPT for 37 years from 1983 to 2020, when he sadly passed away. You can read more on Rodney and his contribution to the charity in our article.  This award is a fitting tribute to the commitment and dedication he made to the charity as a volunteer trustee and Chair.


What are the award categories?

These awards  recognise the contribution a volunteer or volunteering team has made to the lives of blind and partially sighted people and TPT.  There were three categories:

1.                  Outstanding volunteering team:

Exceptional teamwork by a volunteering team demonstrating working as a team to achieve goals.

2.                  Outstanding volunteer (individual)

Exceptional volunteer who has made an impact in their local or wider community to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

3.                  Outstanding contribution to volunteering

Someone who has made an outstanding contribution through their volunteering to the work of TPT and the lives of blind and partially sighted people.  This will be judged by the team at TPT from all nominations received for individuals.


Who was eligible to be nominated?

Anyone who has volunteered for TPT between January 2020 and August 2021 was eligible to be nominated for an award. Ideally nominees will have volunteered with us for a minimum of three months.  Volunteers must have completed all mandatory training.


For how long is voting open?

Voting for shortlisted nominations was open from 16th August until midnight on Monday 20th September 2021.


Who can vote and how?

Voting is now closed. Anyone could vote. Only one vote per person was permitted.


When will the awards be presented?

TPT hosted the inaugural Rodney Powell Awards at the Sight Loss Council Conference on Saturday 9th October 2021 at Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham.

Read about some of the amazing volunteers at Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils

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