Shortlist Announced for Rotherham Community Achievement Awards 2018

24th October 2018

Organisers of the 15th Annual Community Achievement Awards – celebrating the work of Rotherham’s Voluntary and Community sector – have shortlisted nine nominees across three categories for this year’s ceremony.  The nominees in the categories of ‘Project’, ‘Volunteer’ and ‘Young Volunteer’ are:


  1. GROW enables women and girls to engage in activity and opportunities which are supportive, aid in their recovery from trauma, and manage the impact of vulnerability and poverty.
  2. Kindness & Co tackles issues affecting local people including loneliness and isolation, young people’s mental health and wellbeing, supporting families on low incomes, and period poverty.
  3. Rotherham African Drummers provides a safe space for people of all ages, ethnicities, cultures and abilities to learn African drumming rhythms from across the continent.


  1. Lawrence Sanderson acts as a Rotherham United Community Sports Trust volunteer to run and support Fisherman’s Friends, a group of individuals with mental health issues to fish.
  2. Nicola Speke volunteers for Rotherham Rescue Rangers, trapping, neutering and providing ongoing care and support to stray and feral cats and kittens.
  3. Eastwood Community Garden Mick and Andy have worked for over a year to turn a piece of scrub land into a community garden providing fresh organic vegetables for people within the community.


  1. Kiran Meharban volunteers for the Rotherham Looked After Children’s Council providing support and mentoring for other looked after children and young people and those leaving care.
  2. Kieran Reeves volunteers for 2 different Cub packs in the Rotherham area, helps across Rotherham Scouts with any IT troubles and volunteers as a Community First Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
  3. Jay Rose has given his own time to attend Different But Equal Board meetings and plan and deliver events for the benefit of children and young people in Rotherham.

This year’s judges who are scrutinising and assessing the entries are Michael Holmes and Kellie Rodgers, Rotherham Together Partnership; Andrew Mosley, Editor at Rotherham Advertiser; and Adrian Dexter, Senior Pastor at Liberty Church. The winner of each category will be announced on Friday 16th November at the annual awards ceremony to be compered by Michael Kilby-Scott at the Carlton Park Hotel.

Organised by Voluntary Action Rotherham on behalf of the Rotherham Together Partnership the Community Achievement Awards are held annually to celebrate the work of individuals and projects in the voluntary and community sector that have made a significant difference to the communities of Rotherham.

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