National caring commendation for "our Viv"

Vivienne Simpson, Welfare Visitor for the Burton-on-Trent Branch of the Oddfellows, has been recognised by one of the UK’s largest friendly societies, the Oddfellows, for going above and beyond in her caring for others.

Viv with her Making a Difference Award

64-year-old Vivienne (pictured) has been presented with the prestigious Oddfellows Making a Difference Award for ‘Giving a helping hand’. The national award celebrates individuals who go out of their way to look after the wellbeing of other members of the Society.

Vivienne, a member of Burton on Trent District Oddfellows, joined her local friendship group four years ago and immediately found her calling as a volunteer Care and Welfare Visitor.

Vivienne is an incredible woman and has held the hands of many fellow members during their difficult times. Jane Nelson, CEO

Bringing her experience as a professional carer to the role, Vivienne helps members access the help they need, whether that’s a cup of tea and a listening ear, assistance with getting to events or appointments, or referring people to care specialists.

Speaking about her award win, Vivienne says: “I was so emotional when I found out I had won! I have been a carer in the community for over 12 years now, and I love helping wherever I can. The Oddfellows is such a wonderful and supportive organisation. I bring the grandkids to a lot of social events and it’s great to see the interactions between the different generations. The kids gain a little more understanding about caring for and helping others, while the older members enjoy the youngsters’ energy and conversation.”

Mervyn Eaton, Branch Secretary of Burton on Trent District Oddfellows, says: “Vivienne is by nature a very kind, considerate, caring and understanding person. She’s always on hand to help and first on the scene if anyone needs assistance at a meeting or event. She’s fondly known by all as ‘Our Viv’ and nothing is ever too much trouble for this wonderful lady!”

Oddfellows CEO Jane Nelson joins in her praise of Vivienne, saying: “Being there for each other in a moment of need is a bedrock to being an Oddfellow. Vivienne is an incredible woman and has held the hands of many fellow members during their difficult times. She thoroughly deserves such a commendation. We’re incredibly proud of her and what she does for the Society and its members.”

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