Today marks the start of Volunteer Week (1-12 June) and we’re extremely pleased to announce that Bobby Ogogo, one of our youth supported volunteers, has won Volunteer of the Year at this year’s Museum + Heritage Awards. Congratulations Bobby!
From 2015, Bobby has been working closely with the Learning and Volunteering Team to help us develop an accessible route into volunteering for those with additional needs. During his time with us, Bobby has had a hugely positive impact whilst volunteering each week on our object handling trolley alongside our brilliant Engage volunteers, and his contribution to the Horniman and the team was recognised at the Awards, alongside Group Volunteers Award winners, the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum volunteers.
It goes without saying that this award is a wonderful acknowledgement of all that Bobby brings to the Horniman – enthusiasm, commitment and an unwavering smile to name a few – and we are extremely proud!
Here’s a bit from Bobby about his experience:
How did it feel to win the award?
It was good to win! I didn’t expect it at all. I thought I wasn’t going to get it. I felt excited – it felt special. I enjoyed my mum and her partner coming. We haven’t been to any awards like this – it was the first time I’ve won such a big award!
Doing my speech was amazing – it was so nice for everyone to listen to it. Was I nervous? Me? Nervous? No way!
What do you like about volunteering at the museum?
Volunteering is good – I like working with different people and children who visit the museum. I talk to them and ask questions and they can touch and feel the museum objects which is great!
I choose different objects to work with when I volunteer. Today I worked with the zebra skin – I’ve never felt one before. It was rough!