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Author: Craig Eardley

Greater staff recognised at NSW volunteering awards

Hunter-based Greater Building Society staff have been named as finalists in 2014 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards Corporate Volunteering and Excellence in Volunteer Management Awards Ceremony at NSW Parliament yesterday afternoon (November 20).

IT systems and security manager Jeremy Andreani was named in the final three for the Individual Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award. The team of 13 Greater staff who this year volunteered for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Ignition mentoring program made the final three for Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year Award. 

Mr Andreani, 36, has volunteered in all but one of the seven Cerebral Palsy Alliance mentoring programs in which Greater staff have participated. 

The Ignition program helps build self confidence and resilience in teenagers with cerebral palsy. It was established in the Hunter with Greater Building Society funding and staff support in 2008. A Greater staff member is teamed up with a young Hunter or Central Coast person with cerebral palsy. This year’s Greater team members each volunteered more than 70 hours during 15 facilitated mentoring sessions held after work and during a weekend away in Sydney with their mentees. The sessions are a combination of fun activities as well as group and one on one discussion and activities on issues relevant to the mentees. The Greater mentor is a reliable, trustworthy and interested adult in their lives who is not connected to family, school or their medical or therapy needs.

In 2011 a new program for people aged 18 and over called Emerge was established.  Emerge and Ignition now run on alternate years. Both programs are now supported by Greater Charitable Foundation which was established by The Greater in 2011.

Greater Building Society CEO Scott Morgan congratulated Jeremy and the Ignition team mentors as well as the many other Greater staff members who support a number of charities. He said that around 200 Greater staff have volunteered for a charity in the past 12 months. 

Mr Andreani and The Greater were nominated for the awards by Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

The winners will be announced at a final ceremony at Kirribilli Club in Sydney on December 5. The Awards are run by the Centre for Volunteering.

Pictured: Kelly Eather, The Hon Victor Michael Dominello MP, Jeremy Andreani

Media information: Craig Eardley on 0437 477 493.