WHALE Arts volunteer, Latisha Reihill has been awarded an Individual Achievement Award at the Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Awards ceremony on 7 June 2016 for her work with WHALE Arts group smART CRAFT.
Held annually, the Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Awards ceremony is organised by Volunteer Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Compact Partnership as part of Volunteers’ Week which this year ran from 1 to 12 June and is a national celebration of volunteers and volunteering. The awards are hosted by the Lord Provost and City of Edinburgh Council and the Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Awards 2016 ceremony was held this year on 7 June.
Latisha has been supporting WHALE Arts’ group ‘smART Craft’, a local visual arts group for people with additional support needs. The group, meets weekly and gives adults with additional support and complex needs the opportunity to express their creative and artistic talents in the form of visual arts. Latisha helps facilitate the sessions and creates a friendly atmosphere for the groups’ participants, ensuring everyone feels welcome and is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who may need a little more support.
Latisha balances the demands of higher education with volunteering and her dedication is admirable. She gives her time freely and the group is richer and better supported as a result of her contribution. Latisha is able to gently encourage those who need support and also knows when to give individuals space to reflect privately on their practice. Latisha is a friendly face, never overbearing, always positive and sensitive to the needs of others.
The staff at WHALE Arts would like to congratulate Latisha for winning the award and thank her for all the hard work she does for the group.