Harry and Sheila leave Safeside after 15-year volunteering effort

Tributes paid to couple who registered over 6,000 volunteering hours with the service



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Published on 29 November 2023

Harry and Sheila Dennick have stood down from their roles as Prevention Advocate Volunteers at our Safeside centre.

Joining when the building opened in 2008, the couple have together volunteered more than 6,000 hours delivering safety messages to over 15,000 children.

Earlier this year, the duo were presented with the City of Birmingham’s Lord Mayor Award, for their ‘outstanding achievement or exceptional service to the city and people of Birmingham’.

They were also personally recognised this year by the High Sheriff of the County of the West Midlands.

After delivering their final tour on Wednesday (29 November), Harry said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with everyone. The volunteers, the children and wider members of staff have all been fantastic.

Harry Dennick

Prevention Advocate Volunteer

We only came to have a look round the building when it first opened and Sheila said 'we could help here'. And that was that. We've had a great time.

Area Manager Alex Shapland said: “For more than 15 years, Sheila and Harry have helped and supported generations of children. It’s astonishing how much time and care they have given to Safeside. They have, without a doubt made, communities in the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier. They leave us knowing their legacy absolutely lives on.”

Volunteers Co-ordinator, Sally Hitchman, has worked with Harry and Sheila since the indoor safety village opened. She said: “They were amongst the first group of volunteers, and they’ve been part of everyone’s journey since we opened.

“Both will be well-remembered by all the children that have visited us. They are experts in delivering safety messages. We’re all so grateful for everything they’ve done.”

You can find out more about our Safeside centre on our website.