The award is for community groups that make a difference to their whole neighbourhood.
Jackie Wilson and seven other volunteers are part of the Smawthorne Welfare Action Team in Castleford. This
group works hard to make Smawthorne Park, Castleford a better place for the local community. They organise
an annual gala for local families to attend and join forces with youth groups to undertake planting projects
and litter picks in the park. They hope to create a sensory garden for people to enjoy and design a new picnic
and play area to help improve the park for future generations to enjoy.
Havercroft Parent Forum demonstrates outstanding commitment in providing activities within the local community
for children and their families. The members of the group have all learnt new skills in order to be able to
organise activities and events for local people to take part in such as knitting courses and family fun days.
A key element of the group is their fundraising in order to make these events possible. Their commitment is
to the local families and enabling them to be a part of something. At Christmas they work hard to create
hampers for families and elderly people who are struggling to make ends meet.
The residents from Gloucester Road Area Bungalows (GRAB) in Lupset, Wakefield have worked hard to tackle
social isolation and create a more integrated community. They hold a number of popular community events
each year including GRAB Summer, Halloween and Christmas events where local people can come together and
The group has created a Facebook page to promote their events and share stories with the local community.
They have also brightened up the local area by finding funding to create planters to be placed around the
estate and enjoyed by other residents.
Bevin Community Group is based in Outwood, Wakefield and meets each week at the local community centre
to offer different activities. Members enjoy taking part in things such as arts and crafts, bingo and much
more. The Group organises trips out and meals for members throughout the year. Bevin Community Group
helps to tackle loneliness and isolation by getting people out of their homes and meeting new people.
The Standbridge Lane Community Development Trust has worked hard to become a Trust and has renovated a
closed school in order to create a community centre for residents of all ages to use. The Trust operates
the centre seven days a week and offers a range of activities including sports classes and computer courses
among others. They also have a permanent library on site and large outdoor space where they hold galas
and fun days.
The Warwick Community Group runs a community space and offers a variety of classes for local people to attend.
These include arts and craft sessions, a weekly coffee morning and Digital Angels sessions to help people to
get online. The group aims to help people develop new skills, build confidence and give people a chance to
socialise and get together regularly, promoting a sense of community. At the last count, they have had over
2,500 people attend sessions at the shop.
Who should win?
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