Sue Sutton named Rochdale Connections Trust volunteer of the year for 2020

Date published: 30 March 2021

Sue Sutton has been presented with the Rochdale Connections Trust Volunteer of the Year award 2020.

Each year, the charity picks their volunteer of the year, someone who has shown 'commitment and dedication' to Rochdale Connections Trust (RCT).

Due to the national lockdown, the awards were slightly delayed; however, the look on Sue’s face when volunteer coordinator Lauren Sullivan made a surprise visit to drop off her award made the wait worthwhile.

Sue was very surprised but over the moon to have been picked. Lauren also delivered star awards to three other volunteers that she nominated, as they have really stood out over the last year especially through  the pandemic and three lockdowns. The recipients of the 2020 stars are Rudiger Ryan (Rudi), Sylwia Czekalska and Jennifer Davies-Hampson (Jennie).


RCT volunteer coordinator Lauren Sullivan presents volunteer Rudi Ryan with his star award
RCT volunteer coordinator Lauren Sullivan presents volunteer Rudi Ryan with his star award


Project manager Holly Stevenson said: “Year after year, it is increasingly difficult to pick a volunteer of the year.

“As an organisation, we have been fortunate to have some truly inspirational volunteers. Over the past 12 months they have shown their commitment to making a difference to the lives of young people in need across the Rochdale borough.

“The past year has certainly brought its challenges but we have had some fantastic success stories and seen young people struggle, adapt and thrive.

“I would personally like to thank Sue for volunteering over the past few years and always being a positive influence for our young people; Sue has never failed to show up with a smile and I admire her dedication. It has been a pleasure working with Sue and watching her learn and flourish.

“I would also like to congratulate our star award winners, Rudi, Silwia and Jennie: they have all been amazing and shown us how lucky we are to have a great team of volunteers.

“On behalf of all the staff and trustees, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has ever donated their time to supporting the work of the charity.”

Rochdale Connections Trust was established in 1997 by a group of youth court magistrates, who had become increasingly concerned by the number of young people coming before them who had little or no family support.

Since then, RCT has evolved to include work with socially isolated adults and those with complex needs, whilst remaining highly committed to their original targeted youth support programme.

For further information about Rochdale Connections Trust, please visit

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