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.
Phil Cook has worked tirelessly to help bring the people, businesses and schools of Pontefract together to claim the Best Dressed Town Award for the Tour de Yorkshire (TDY) for 2019. He created an excitement in Pontefract about the TDY and pulled on partners, community groups and businesses to embrace the involvement of Pontefract and highlight to the world what a great place this was. Following the end of the TDY, Phil didn't stop the momentum - he carried on with the same level of promotion for the Liquorice Festival and is now looking towards the annual Lantern Festival to keep community spirit alive and well in Pontefract. He has also been key in keeping the Pontefract Community Facebook page going so that people know exactly what is going on in the town in regards to events, projects and groups.
Maureen has worked tirelessly on the Eastmoor Estate making it a better place to live for residents. She is an integral part of Eastmoor Community Project and is a key co-ordinator and leader of a number of groups. Maureen cares passionately about young people in the community and has run Getting Eastmoor Moving (GEM) for over a decade. This group delivers sessions for five to 11-year olds in the school holidays and provides great opportunities for them to be involved in fun and educational activities. Maureen also runs Simply Leisure which delivers activities for people over 55. The group does an amazing job at bringing people together and tackling social isolation and loneliness in older people. Maureen is a great neighbour and has spent decades working tirelessly to support everyone in her local community.
Carole has been tackling long term antisocial behaviour issues and suspected drug dealing on Ivy Lane, Pontefract, working alongside WDH’s estate officers to keep her street safe. She has made her neighbours aware of issues and strangers in the area, as well as installing CCTV and recording videos on her phone as evidence. Carole has used her initiative and aims to make Ivy Lane a safer place for residents to live.
Diane has volunteered for seven years at Soup4Em which is a soup kitchen in South Kirkby, providing hot meals for the homeless and families suffering from financial difficulties. The service provides up to 25 hot nutritional meals two days per week. She arranges for donations of food from a number of local food suppliers including Tesco, Greggs, Farmfoods and a number of other organisations. Diane supports the customers, helping them with the Open Door project, to access housing. She provides clothing, toiletries and sleeping bags to ensure they have everything they need to stay warm and clean. She works with a number of volunteers that she has trained to deliver an excellent service. She has also supported the volunteers with mental health issues and given them a purpose to help others.
The deadline to vote is Friday 27 September
The final will take place at Cedar Court (Wakefield) on Thursday 24 October 2019