More Rotherham Groups Gain Royal Recognition

31st May 2018

31 charities from across South Yorkshire recently received royal recognition for their work in communities including from Rotherham: Harthill Tea Day and Social Group, Clifton Learning Partnership, Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Services, Just Another Dance Event, Rotherham Heart Support Group, Rotherham Safe Haven @ Talbot Lane, The Learning Community, Dearne Community Housing, Friends of Rotherham Chapel on the Bridge together with a number of VAR members from across the region.

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award is open to charities and community groups based in Yorkshire.  The Award recognises groups which are exceptionally well run and which make a real difference to their local community.   As Patron of the Duke of York Community Initiative, the Duke of York said in a personal letter to award holders “ is always inspiring to see the breadth of Award Winners each year.  It is a privilege to be able to recognise and reward the sheer enthusiasm, expertise and drive you add to the society and the environment in Yorkshire”.

In addition to the Rotherham groups who received an award, Rotherham also scooped one of only two Outstanding Leadership Awards.  Harthill Tea Day and Social Group Chair Christine Conacher was nominated by assessors to receive the DOYCI Outstanding Leadership Award “As a result of her determination, courage and ability to work well with others, the Tea Day is in a very strong place now with improved governance, management and continuity. In terms of her leadership and long term commitment to this work, Christine Conacher has richly earned recognition.  This level of commitment, even amongst the good people we have seen hitherto across Yorkshire is exceptional”.

If you’d like to find out more about the DOYCI scheme and how to apply for an award please visit   Applications for the next round are welcome until 14th December 2018.