Chiswick House Volunteers Win Award

Wardens named outstanding heroes for their dedication

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Three Chiswick House and Gardens Trust Volunteer Wardens have won an 'outstanding heroes' accolade at the Hounslow Community Safety Heroes awards ceremony this month.

Barbara Korsarska, Dee Reader and Andrea Williams, the three Volunteer Wardens who serve alongside the full time Chiswick House Wardens team, received this special award for their dedication and professionalism. They were commended for their outstanding contribution over a two year period, helping to reduce crime and tackle anti-social behaviour, providing front line first aid, assistance and information to visitors.

Barbara, Dee and Andrea can be seen regularly patrolling the gardens in all weathers and are a vital asset to the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust. Clare O’Brien the Trust Director said “ I am absolutely delighted that Barbara, Dee and Andrea’s hard work and dedication has been recognised in such a fulsome manner. Our Warden Service makes a very important contribution to the continued preservation of the gardens“.

The London Borough of Hounslow, Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade joined forces to host the annual Community Safety Hero’s Awards, recognising volunteers throughout the borough for their contribution to improving community safety. In this year’s awards a special category for ‘Outstanding Hero’s’ was created to recognise those who had contributed above and beyond to their community’s safety.

The Volunteer Wardens were especially recognised for having undertaken an eight month training programme studying the law, conflict management, first aid, advanced driving and community engagement, equivalent to that of a professional Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed security officer. Together they help protect and improve a visitors experience at Chiswick House and Gardens all year round.

Inspector Cornish of Chiswick Police Station and on the judging panel said “one of the reasons they were presented with this special award was they had received multiple nominations”.

Brendon Walsh, Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment for Hounslow, said when presenting the awards “The park has been recognised two years running, winning gold in the Mayor of London Awards. Their contributions have gone a long way in helping to secure those awards. The volunteers make a real difference to the park users and have significantly improved safety in the area, enhancing the experience of all visitors to the park.”

The volunteers were presented with a framed certificate, flowers, chocolates and a £50 Marks and Spencer’s gift voucher.


February 18, 2014