Epping Forest Citizen of the Year

Resident Julie Bristow has been recognised with a Highly Commended award for going above and beyond to support people in her district.

Julie Bristow from VAEF has been awarded the ‘Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year Highly Commended Award 2021’, for all her hard work and effort of going above and beyond to help support people in her community.

Epping Forest District Council states, “Befriending lonely and isolated people in our community has never been more important. Julie Bristow, from North Weald has been the Befriending Coordinator at VAEF (Voluntary Action Epping Forest) for over 10 years, running three social clubs for over 100 elderly people from North Weald, Loughton and Waltham Abbey. Several times a year she also arranges days out for her elderly clients to theatres, restaurants and even canal trips on barges. During Covid with clubs closed Julie and her team of volunteers have kept in weekly contact with clients and in October she arranged for 100 cupcakes to be hand-delivered to clubbers with a personal note.”

Congratulations Julie!

!Here is a list of all the civic award winners from Epping Forest: https://www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/civic-award-winners-2021/