Addy and his award
Richard Huish College student, Addy Gorman was recently announced as a finalist for the Volunteer of the Year category in the Somerset Care Awards 2018, held at Somerset Cricket Club.
A former student of West Somerset College, Addy joined Huish to study A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths with his sights set on a career working in Medicine. In addition to his Study Programme Addy takes part in Medical Enrichment at Huish which aims at helping students develop relevant skills and knowledge for future careers in medicine.
Alongside his ambitious studies, Addy balances a passion for Taekwondo and Archery and completed a volunteer work placement at Croft House Care Home in Williton as part of his work towards his Duke of Edinburgh Award.
It was his work at Croft House that raised his nomination for the Care Award and earned him a place in the top three out of 400 applications.
Croft House Manager, Tracey Delbridge said “Addy became an extremely helpful and fun volunteer, he was patient and kind, providing appropriate support to the residents. Staff always found him very helpful and he became an excellent team player very quickly. Addison's goal was to increase his awareness of the effects of dementia, while making the residents generally more happy and he always left them feeling valued and listened to while respecting the individuals needs and wishes at all times.”
On reflection of his nomination, Addy said, “I felt honoured to be amongst others who have done such incredible work. It’s nice to have my work recognised and valued and makes me feel like I was making a difference.”
Addy has since gained work experience working at Musgrove Park Hospital and has also applied to several Universities to study Medicine.