Community Champion - individual award
The award is for an individual who has gone the extra mile and shows exceptional commitment to their community. It could be for someone who has worked tirelessly to improve a community building or place or who goes out of their way to support those most vulnerable in their community.
David is a resident at Bembridge House Independent Living Scheme in Lupset, Wakefield and he often gives his free time to help other residents. Nothing is too much trouble and despite his own health issues he is always the first to volunteer to help. He maintains the community garden at the scheme to a high standard and often helps other residents with their own gardens. David also dedicates his spare time to helping support the Poppy Appeal. He is a pillar of this small community and a great example of someone with a can do attitude.
Jane Robinson from South Elmsall, Pontefract started the Tiny Hands Baby Bank to support families and single parents in need across the district. Jane helps people in desperate circumstances by providing everything a baby or toddler may need to help them get back on their feet. She has raised over £3,000 to buy more items and relies heavily on donations from the public, which she promotes using Facebook. She has helped hundreds of families across the district already this year and now takes referrals from external agencies including WDH and Social Services. Jane goes above and beyond to help and all of this is done in her own time.
Usman Ali has dedicated his time over the last few years to many groups both locally and nationally to make the area a better place for people who feel they may not have a voice. He has worked with many different youth groups helping to arrange activities and provide support. In 2013 Usman set up the Wakefield City Youth and Community Project which provides a range of services to the community for children and young people. It also provides wellbeing support for the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in Wakefield. Usman recently helped organise the first community Iftar in Wakefield which was very well attended and positively received by the community. Usman works hard and uses his years of experience on different projects to bring different communities together in order to create a harmonious and integrated community in Wakefield.
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