Students at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey were ecstatic to find that they have been nominated for the Swale Volunteer Awards 2019 by anonymous members of the community.
The annual awards sponsored by Swale Borough Council recognises and celebrates the unsung heroes who volunteer their time and expertise to make Swale a better place to live. The shortlisted nominees were invited to a plush dinner and awards evening held at the Barnyard, Upchurch where the winners were announced.
It was a double victory for the Academy as Sixth Form student Michael Santangelo picked up the “Volunteering Contribution to Sport Award”, and the Oasis Dementia Café added the “Volunteering to Support Older People Award” to their ever increasing multitude of awards.
16 Year old Michael Santangelo regularly gives up his evenings, weekends and school holidays to volunteer for Sheerness East Football Club, where he selflessly helps to run training sessions and holiday clubs. Michael works with young people who suffer from low self-esteem and a lack of belief in their own ability, inspiring them and building their confidence to believe in themselves.
Louise Milne, County Sports Partnership Manager at Kent Sports, says “I was delighted to present the Swale Volunteering Contribution to Sport Award to Michael in recognition of the fantastic work he does for Sheerness East Youth Football Club where he coaches the U12 team twice a week and attends their matches. He also referees for this school team, and he’s only 16 years old! He is a great role model to children and adults as he gives so much back to the sport he loves."
Paul Murray, Community Hub Leader at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey says “time and time again our students have proved what fantastic young people we have at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey. Their commitment to the local community and desire to help those in need is an inspiration to all. What is astonishing is members of the public have taken the time to nominate our students and we could not be more proud of them.”
Oasis Academy Principal Tina Lee says; “the Dementia Café and Michael Santangelo is a testimony of our Oasis ethos in nurturing and developing the whole child to enable them to enrich the lives of themselves and others. Well done and very well deserved!”