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Community Champion

Individual Award

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 go out of their way to support those most vulnerable in their community.

Amy Oakley

Amy Oakley

One of the shining lights of Knottingley, Amy works tirelessly to help her community. She chairs the groups POUCH (Parents of Unique Children) and Warwick Ahead while also finding time to volunteer at the Knottingley Foodbank. This is in addition to being the mother of two autistic children. She goes above and beyond for the people of Knottingley. With POUCH, Amy supports families with children who have additional needs and helps them to navigate through the world of education, health care and school support for their children and support parents with their own mental health. With Warwick Ahead, she encourages residents to make decisions about changes within their community. Off the back of this group, Amy and other residents are setting up a group called Recycle Your Bits that will recycle and reuse furniture on the Warwick Estate.

Dean Darley

Dean Darley

Springfield Allotment Community Klub (SACK) would not be where it is without Dean’s dedication and determination. His idea to have a space where communities can get together and enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment has promoted a biodiversity hub for the area. The community allotment helps to bring a positive place to the community and Dean’s infectious passion has spread to other volunteers. He has formed partnerships with care homes and groups who support children with autism and provides weekly visits for these groups to allow them to come and experience the allotment. His latest work is a Zen Den which provides a quiet and peaceful area for people who are suffering from mental health problems to come and relax.

Monica Graham

Monica Graham

Monica is a true community champion who has worked tirelessly over decades for the good of the community. She has been instrumental is setting up many groups over the years including: Kettlethorpe TARA, Standbridge Lane Development Trust and Kettlethorpe Friendship Group.Her dedication has impacted many people within her local community. She was instrumental in securing Standbridge Lane Primary School and helping turn it into a thriving and sustainable community centre. The centre is now a hub for many groups and activities that help breathe life into the community. In recognition of all of her dedication, the Community Centre was renamed the Monica Graham Centre.

Phil Cook

Phil Cook

Phil works tirelessly to bring a bright a vibrant look to Pontefract town centre through his decorations for multiple events. His work for the King’s Coronation saw Phil help create a display from recycled bottles. The bottles were painted by local people and schools within the community before the Decoration Squad erected it onto the Town Hall. Phil is also the driving force behind Wheelfest which brings a car meet with a twist to the centre of Pontefract along with a full entertainment stage packed with local musicians and children’s activities around the town. Phil manages to do all this while supporting his wife and undergoing regular treatment himself after suffering a stroke.

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