Community Achievement Award Winners Announced

23rd November 2017

The awards, which recognise and celebrate the wide-reaching impact of Rotherham’s Voluntary and Community Sector, were presented at a ceremony on Friday 17th November at The Carlton Park Hotel.

In all, there were over 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 Azizzum Akhtar, Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance and Andrew Mosley, Rotherham Advertiser, for the 2017 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)

Daniel Maude

Daniel has been a volunteer Community First Responder (CFR) with Yorkshire Ambulance Service for about 18 months and puts in many more hours than the minimum expected from a volunteer.  He is trained to deal with patients who might be experiencing chest pain, difficult breathing, stroke, seizures and even cardiac arrest.  In addition Daniel is now the Co-ordinator of his local scheme keeping volunteers updated, managing rotas and crucially mentoring new volunteers.

Finalists:

Javaria Bazmi, Natasha Nelson and Emily Booth-Rodgers

Volunteer (Sponsored by Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber)

Vicky Berry

Vicky has volunteered for the JADE Young People’s Charity for the last 10 years consistently working to help engage young people, breaking down barriers to participation and providing reassurance.   Although Vicky is partially sighted and has cerebral palsy she continually rises to the challenge supporting JADE with a wide range of issues which provide positive outcomes.  The countless hours Vicky has committed to young people and her community through JADE has had a lasting impact for many.

Finalists:

Yaqoob Adam and Roy Ashton

Project (Sponsored by Ladbrook Insurance)

Rotherham Samaritans

Rotherham Samaritans received 10,400 meaningful contacts during the last 12 months, made by people who were sufficiently distressed for them to feel they needed someone with whom to communicate.  There are currently 59 volunteers, 4 of which are in support roles.  Rotherham Samaritans has been an active member of the Rotherham Suicide Prevention and Self Harm Group for several years contributing towards the implementation of the local suicide prevention action plan.

Finalists:

Pops Outdoor Adventure Centre and Rotherham Talking Newspapers

Special Recognition Award

Ray Matthews

Ray has made a massive contribution to all the children, their families and the teachers at Newman School and raised thousands of pounds to enable a new playground and facilities to be built by running 75 marathons in 75 days starting on his 75th birthday. He didn’t just go the extra mile he went the extra 1,965 miles!