Waste Not Want Not founder, Isobel Barnes was one of the five exceptional people recognised for their outstanding work in the community at the NHDC Chairman’s Civic Centre Reception last month.
Isobel’s award is in recognition of her work engaging homeless people, those who have had addictions and ex-offenders, in gardening projects across the area.
On receiving her award Isobel said,
I am proud to receive this award. I just wanted stress that if it wasn’t for the support and encouragement from the Council and the Community Development Team we wouldn’t have reached the stage that we have, emotionally practically and financially. That includes support from Councillors, the present Chairman of the Council, the ex-Chairmen and hopefully the future Chairmen.”
Isobel stepped down as Waste Not Want Not project leader at the end of last year and the reins have been handed to former volunteer and Knebworth local, Craig Ansell.
Craig worked closely with Isobel at the project while studying horticulture at Oaklands college where he received a distinction in his studies last year.
Isobel continues to support Waste Not Want Not through promoting the project and continuing to volunteer.
Everyone at the project is delighted that Isobel has been recognised for her incredible work in providing a safe and friendly environment where such a wide range of people can feel included in their local community. Thank you Isobel.
We also wish Craig the very best with his new role as Project Leader. His commitment and understanding of the needs of the volunteers make him the perfect choice to continue Isobel’s outstanding work.
Isobel Barnes (left) at the Gala Reception with new Project leader, Craig Ansell (right)