Recognition for Oaksey volunteer Miriam.
1:59pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
BACK in the 1960s when Miriam Nicholls was bringing up her four sons she could easily have decided to be a stay-at-home mum.
Instead she started out on a path that would lead to involvement with over 30 different community organisations over four decades.
“I suddenly realised that they didn’t really want a mum who had no other interests, so I went to work for the Citizens Advice Bureau,” explained Mrs Nicholls, who was last week named Volunteer of the Year in the Wiltshire Voluntary and Community Awards.
She spent almost 40 years with the bureau advising people on everything from personal problems to finance and employment issues.
From there she began to get involved with other organisations like the Samaritans, the Link transport scheme, Doorway in Chippenham and Community and Voluntary Service, which is now known as Develop.
The 81-year-old grandmother of eight also served as an independent chairman of Wiltshire County Council’s Social Services Review Panel and is current chairman of Oaksey Youth Club.
“I can choose to work with organisations that I really feel are important and I can do it when I want to.,” she said.
“I meet some fantastically interesting people, not only the people I work with, but the people I’m helping.”
She explained: “When I am on a committee or a board like the Develop board or Doorway, there are always interesting questions that come up. I’m a rather curious person so I like to see how they work out.”
She only found out she had been shortlisted for the award when she arrived for a Develop meeting in September and she never expected to win.
“There were two other shortlisted people who were very interesting too,” she said. “I was startled to win.”