The contributions of the many volunteers at the Lyttelton Seafarers Centre, a joint Catholic/Anglican initiative, were publicly recognised twice recently in the form of awards. The first was an award from Volunteering Canterbury for services to the community.

And centre voluntary manager Jess Armstrong also received a Community Service Award from the Banks Peninsula Community Board.

The latter award was presented during a ceremony at the Kaituna Valley Homestead.

Shown in the photo after this ceremony are Rev. John McLister, Jess Armstong, husband Rob Armstrong with son Lochie, and Ashley Gilmour.

Mrs Armstrong said the Lyttelton Seafarers Centre “would not have been able to open its doors and help over 10,000 seamen and women in the last three years without the hard work of its amazing volunteers”.

“The volunteers go above and beyond to do everything they can do for all seafarers,
to make them feel welcome and part of the community,” she said.

“They arrange for a number of items to be donated and passed on to the seafarers,
including warm winter jackets, hats, books and food. They provide a listening ear,
whether it is to simply have a friendly chat or to seek assistance for any welfare issues.”