CLIC Improvement Support Officer Lydia Hulme combines her day job with volunteering for Guide Dogs for the Blind. She has recently been rewarded by winning the ‘Open’ category North East volunteer of the year award at an event in Newcastle. Lydia, and her guide dog Bertie, spend much of their free time giving talks to local schools and community groups and she won the award for working with Guide Dogs’ national communications team.

Lydia works with the team to improve their national strategy around communicating with volunteers to “provide valuable insight and considered, intelligent suggestions” for their recent campaigns. Displaying exactly the sort of qualities that have served her so well in CLIC, Lydia helped the national team engage with their target audience and co-produce information and campaign materials.

Well done Lydia!