Community Group - group award
The award is for community groups that make a difference to their whole neighbourhood.
Crofton Young People’s Association was created because there were lots of young people in the local area who had nowhere to go and nothing to do. The group has over 30 members who take part in a variety of activities including baking, first aid courses and more. They have recently started to attend Guardian Boxing, where they exercise and train as a way to reduce fighting on the streets. They also recycle their refreshment waste and take part in litter picks to make Crofton a better place to live. They hope that by engaging with young people and giving them somewhere to go that they won’t become involved in antisocial behaviour.
Castleford Men in Sheds is a great group that began from a conversation on Facebook! A few of the members began discussing their own projects and then decided to meet up to create a community shed. Men in Sheds is a national initiative to improve health and wellbeing and combat loneliness in men. The group now has weekly sessions at WDH’s training facility where they create planters, bird feeders and bee houses using recycled and off cut wood. The members are all from different backgrounds and use the group as respite. They find the group really valuable as it gives them a chance to chat whilst doing something practical and learning new skills. Recently they were asked to build a summer house for the Prince of Wales Hospice with wood that had been donated, giving the patients at the hospice somewhere to sit and enjoy the gardens.
Hall Green Community Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and has made a massive contribution to the local community in that time. The group runs the Hall Green Community Centre and is currently overseeing the building being renovated. This will enable the group to hold more events and activities there in the future. Members have also been working in partnership with Stride Theatre to run some exciting performances for young people throughout the school holidays. The group provides food in the school holidays to combat holiday hunger in young people. In addition they run a number of popular community events throughout the year including summer events and the Christmas Tree light switch on.
Voice is a group of young people who meet up each week, in their spare time, to plan and deliver activities and social action projects in Wakefield. The group has given young people a voice in their community, supported their peers in Voice and planned a range of community events. During the Easter holidays they planned an Easter egg hunt which had over 100 people attend. This was a credit to the members who planned the whole event which included providing refreshments for members of the community. It was a success with many families saying how much they had enjoyed it. As well as holding community events, Voice members also try to improve the appearance of the estate and regularly participate in community litter picks with WDH to help make Portobello a nicer place to live.
The Barracks Community Association has gone from strength to strength this year and made a real effort to get involved in more projects in Pontefract, such as Liquorice Festival, Yorkshire Day and other community group events to raise money for the events that the group holds. The group applied for WDH and Wakefield Council funding to assist with larger projects such as creating a remembrance memorial at the entrance to the estate for soldiers who served in World War One. They also supported the Tour De Yorkshire and helped decorate the area around The Barracks estate, helping Pontefract win the Best Dressed Town award. Although the group has been established for a number of years this year the group has really focused on what is important to members and 'creating' a community feeling on The Barracks.
Tiny Hands Baby Bank does a fantastic job supporting babies, young families, play groups, contact centres and lots of other community projects across the whole of Wakefield district. The group works on a voluntary basis often working 40 to 50 hours each week. Volunteers work closely with WDH, social workers and health professionals to help alleviate child poverty and help to reduce waste by recycling hundreds of baby items. They have also helped to set up many children's / community groups across the Wakefield area to help parents get out and meet each other, reducing social isolation. Tiny Hands has gone above and beyond fighting child poverty in the Wakefield area by giving up volunteers’ own time to feature in three TV documentaries, and has also appeared on Look North and local radio stations alongside the Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlighting the desperate need for these groups in our community.
New Sharlston Voluntary Community Group has helped to bring our community together. Members are keen to improve the environment and have held litter picks to help keep the local area clean and safe. They are also in the process of regenerating the park so the children can enjoy playing there. They organised a Christmas fair at the local community centre which raised a total of £700 to go towards regeneration work in the park. The group has brought the community together by organising meetings to find out what will make the community and surrounding areas a better place to live and coming up with a plan of action to make this happen. Members recently created a petition for people to sign to help them get fibre broadband in the village to give residents better internet access. This little group works to help the whole village become a better place.
The deadline to vote is Friday 27 September
The final will take place at Cedar Court (Wakefield) on Thursday 24 October 2019