Community Achievement Award Winners Announced

24th November

group-lightenendThe awards, which recognise and celebrate the wide-reaching impact of Rotherham’s Voluntary and Community Sector, were presented at a ceremony on Friday at The Carlton Park Hotel.

In all, there were 40 nominations for the awards from a variety of community groups, organisations and individuals from across the borough. From these nominations, three finalists were selected in each of the three categories.

The awards, organised by Voluntary Action Rotherham on behalf of the Rotherham Together Partnership, showcase the outstanding contribution that the voluntary and community sector make in Rotherham.

The judging panel, including representatives from the statutory, voluntary and business sectors, were impressed by the quality of the nominees.

Carole Haywood, Manager of the Rotherham Together Partnership, said: “I feel honoured to have been invited as a judge on behalf of the Rotherham Together Partnership along with Mark Smith, Make your Mark UK and Andrew Mosley, Rotherham Advertiser, for the 2016 Community Achievement Awards. The standard of the nominations were exceptional and we should be proud of the fantastic contribution that the voluntary and community sector make in Rotherham.”

Janet Wheatley, Chief Executive Voluntary Action Rotherham added “It’s always a very humbling and inspiring evening recognising the efforts of the voluntary and community sector in Rotherham, the projects and work they do and the vital role that volunteers – young and older – play in our town.

All of the nominees are winners, their work, commitment and dedication helps to make Rotherham the great place that it is.”

The winners are:

Young Volunteer (Sponsored by Morthyng Group Ltd)

Georgia Pell

georgia-winGeorgia is a Young Ambassador for Healthwatch Rotherham and has led on establishing a Voice and Influence group at Rush House, self-named “Hear our Voices”. She shows great compassion and empathy for her peers and has been willing to share her own story to help give insight and hope to others.  A natural leader, charming, charismatic, integral and inspiring are all words attributed to Georgia – it’s a pleasure and a privilege to see the journey she has made.

Finalists:

Ryan Pilkington and Rotherham Youth Cabinet volunteers Emilia Ashton, Danny-Lee Gillings and Jake Vickers

Volunteer (Sponsored by Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber)

Ted Ring

ted-winTed’s volunteering knows no bounds – Churches Together in Rotherham, Community Volunteer Ambassador, Founder Trustee and Company Secretary of Spires Venues, Sheffield Referee Association, fundraiser for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice to name a few!  He is an amazing ambassador for the sector and the town of Rotherham. It’s incredible to think at 80 years young, Ted is in his 63rd year as a volunteer and to quote him .. “I still love doing something to help others, here’s looking forward to a good few more years of voluntary work”.

Finalists:

Pippa Harder and Felicity Yau

Project

Brampton United Junior Football Club

brampron-jfc-winOriginally founded in May 2013 the aim of the club is to build a lifetime love of the game for the young players, spot and nurture talent and provide social activities as well as encourage team building and friendships. Coaches, committee members and parent volunteers all give their time freely to provide 200 local children with the opportunity to train and play football. The Club were awarded the Chartered Standard Club of the Year Award by Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA for the past 2 seasons which is a testament to the volunteers and players – “Growing the Beautiful Game for Local Children”.

Finalists:

Lifewise Volunteer Team and Rotherham Military Community Veterans Centre (MCVC)