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Maxine Hart, our Operations Director, won the ‘Above and Award’ at the Place to Be Proud of Awards, which took place at the Haymarket Theatre in Basingstoke recently.

Destination Basingstoke runs the annual Place to Be Proud of Awards, which are hosted to recognise important contributions to Basingstoke’s community made by local individuals and organisations. The awards are supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Festival Place, and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, among others.

Maxine was recognised for all the voluntary work she does on top of her busy role here at Wote Street People; matching candidates with jobs in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas.

Working with Basingstoke Consortium, Maxine provides guidance for students from year 10 upwards via the Skillstree programme; helping them understand the world of employment, often though work experience. She has provided workshops on CV writing, interview skills, building your ‘personal brand’ to help get a job, and social media awareness.

Additionally, Maxine is a trustee and volunteer for the M3 Job Club, which provides support and guidance for professionals, such as interviewing courses and one-to-one CV reviews.

Wote Street People also supports The Pink Place and The Blue Space, our chosen charities for 2019. These organisations offer free well-being and support services to men and women living in the area who are experiencing cancer, as well as their partners.

Commenting on the award win, Maxine says:

“What an honour to receive a Place to be Proud of Award and to be nominated alongside Jacky Dascombe and Teresa O Reilly, Night Light Winter Shelter. Thanks so much to all those who voted for me.

“I hope this recognition of my work inspires others to see the valuable impact they can make by volunteering their skills for the benefit of those in the local area. Community change starts on a small scale and we all have the power to help create big difference in the lives of others through small actions.”

Felicity Edwards, from Destination Basingstoke, adds. “Once again we are amazed and humbled by the incredible number and range of nominations from across the community – they truly demonstrate that Basingstoke is a place we can be very proud of.”

If you’d like to learn more about Wote Street People’s voluntary work, please visit our Community page.

Need help to find – or fill – jobs Basingstoke? Wote Street People matches the right candidates with the right roles. Just give us a call on 01256 799 127 or email maxine@wotestreetpeople.co.uk

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