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Impact on the Community Award Winners 2017

Impact on the Community Award Winners 2017

  • Overall Impact on the Community by an Individual – Sponsored by Maplevale

    Winner – Kim Smith

    Kim has worked in the community of Winshill for many years by volunteering at the local youth club. Kim organised bingo nights for the community to help raise funds for the youth club and worked at a local corner shop, where she helped the elderly to fill in forms and organised nights for young mums. Kim also campaigned for a café and advice shop, which she opened in memory of Andrew Stone, her neighbour’s son. At the centre, Kim organised Disco’s and she even took 250 people on trips to Skegness and Blackpool, some of them had never been on holiday before. The café ran for 10 years and Kim volunteered in her own time whilst holding down a job and looking after her 3 children. After the café closed, Kim started volunteering at The Neighbourhood Resource Centre and was rewarded with her dream job working there full time as a Centre Co-ordinator.

    Kim has dedicated over 35 years to the community of Winshill and alongside all of her fantastic volunteer work - Kim has also campaigned for a Doctors Surgery, raised over £15,000 for local charities and even set up a Men’s charity football team!

    Kim has a heart of gold and everything she does, it’s with a smile. Winshill is always at the forefront of her mind and anyone who knows Kim will agree that nobody loves Winshill and the people in it as much as she does.

  • Overall Impact on the Community by an Organisation – Sponsored by J.Tomlinson

    Winner – Wishes for Winshill

    The Wishes for Winshill group was formed in April 2011 by Tracy, Carol, Cheryl, Sam and Lou.  The ladies identified many issues that they would like to address in Winshill such as; providing families with an opportunity to spend time together, supporting larger, low income families and those where only one parent is present and holding events which will benefit the whole community - including older people, young people, large families and those on low incomes.

    In 2012, the ladies opened Coffeecom a community café. The girls run the café themselves, taking no income. They offer a range of hot and cold food at low cost to the community, with all income being used to deliver a variety of community activities. All customers are made to feel welcome and are met with smiles and an opportunity to sit and chat in a cosy and friendly environment.

    The last 6 years has seen Fun Days, an annual trip to the coast, a diary of Christmas events, afternoon tea and bingo for the local Friendship Group and a youth drop in on Thursday evenings.

    Wishes for Winshill is always thinking about what it can do next to ensure that all members of the community receive some benefit from its actions. The group who run the project are all busy mums and give up their time freely without complaint and have worked hard to achieve their aims. There is no other totally resident led, voluntary group which has done more to reduce social isolation and to have achieved a measurable positive impact on individuals and the entire community.

  • Impact on young people by an individual – Sponsored by Seddon

    Winner – Linda Clarke

    Linda has been a uniformed leader in the Girl Guides for 35 years and currently runs a Rainbow unit in Barton under Needwood. Rainbows is all about developing self confidence, building confidence, learning new things and of course, having fun!

    Linda joined Brownies as a Uniform Leader in 1977, after her daughter joined and was too shy to go alone. 10 years ago Linda set up the Rainbow Unit for 5 to 7 year olds in Barton as there weren’t any groups in the area. Within 6 months they had such a long waiting list that she had to start a second unit!

    Linda is a very caring person and always puts the needs of the children first. She makes learning fun but in a safe environment. The children were asked to choose their leaders names and they voted to call Linda “Robin” as she is always cheerful and bright. She is a real credit to the Girl Guide organisation and her family are very proud of her.  

  • Local Hero – Sponsored by Mathews & Tannert

    Winner – Tom Foster

    Tom Foster has quietly and unselfishly served his local community for over 40 years and does so in many different ways. He enjoys helping others including his neighbors, his community, many local networks and of course his family and friends. Tom takes great delight from supporting many people which often includes doing their gardening and decorating. He gives his time and energy selflessly for the benefit of others.

    Tom has been involved with a variety of organisations in the past and continues to use his talents to assist many local organisations today. He has been a member of Outwoods Parish Council, which he recently retired from. He serves as a voluntary member of the Diocesan Synod of the Church of England and ensures the views of lay members within the local Church are represented at a Regional and National level. He also helps to maintain St Aidan’s church grounds in Burton, and the site has won many awards.

    For the past 20 years Tom has organised Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal. He has actively encouraged family, friends, church members and the local community to donate and fill shoe boxes to send to children in need oversees. Thanks to Tom’s steady energy and determination to do a fantastic job, this has proved to be a very popular appeal and a well-supported annual event. Thousands of deprived children have been supported through Tom’s generosity.

    Tom is currently employed by Burton YMCA and he regularly volunteers extra hours for the Charity and is a great team member helping out at many homelessness awareness and fundraising events.

  • Support Organisation – Sponsored by Novus

    Winner – Harvey Girls & Dads4Dads

    Chosen as Staffordshire’s number one provider of Family Support for the last 5 years, Family Support Service Harvey Girls & Dads4Dads, work to empower vulnerable families within East Staffordshire, enabling them to reach their potential and achieve their aspirations in addition to improving their health wellbeing and safety. Supporting families for over 12 years they are the only organisation in the UK specialising in engaging and supporting young parents.

    Over this period, the team of volunteers has contributed over 18,000 hours, which equates to a cost saving of over £187,000. Up to 15 volunteers support the charity at any one time and in turn, the charity supports and encourages the volunteers in considering their return to employment or engaging in education.

    The aim of the support service is to provide early intervention, to empower vulnerable families with Children who are slow to reach development milestones and are not ready for school, poor bonding and attachment between a parent and their child, low parental aspirations and inconsistent parenting, parental relationship difficulties such as divorce, domestic violence or mental health issues, poor home routines or inadequate housing, families affected by low income or unemployment and involvement in youth crime, ASB or truancy.

    They consistently work to promote a positive attitude to young parents and their families throughout East Staffordshire – it is their aim to continue to offer this highly valued support to those who need it for many more years to come.

  • Tenant / Volunteer of the year – Sponsored by Idverde

    Winner – Tracy Elson

    Tracy gives her all to provide love and support to her family, friends and to address the needs of the community where she lives. She is a generous, fun and supportive character who gives so much and asks for nothing in return.

    Her enthusiasm and passion is clear for all to see and she has the determination to make sure that Wishes for Winshill keeps its aims and ambitions at the heart of everything it does. A true pillar of the community and someone who is loved by all Tracy, has without a doubt made a huge positive impact on her community.

    Tracy is the driver behind Wishes for Winshill and Coffeecom and has worked tirelessly to ensure that all of the aims that the group set out with are achieved, she is constantly coming up with fund raising ideas and makes sure that all scheduled events take place as promised and as smoothly as possible. There is never a day when Tracy isn’t thinking about what could be done next and she is always there to support a good cause or provide help to anyone who may need it.

    Last year Tracy underwent a major operation. Remarkably even from her hospital bed she was texting ideas for events and in constant contact with other members of the group to make sure that all was running smoothly in her absence. Her recuperation involved sitting at the café, supervising proceedings and making sure that she was still at the heart of everything.

    A mum and grandmother, Tracy provides her family with a warm and loving home and is always there for her family whenever they need her.

    Tracy applies the same caring and attentive approach to her friends and to Wishes for Winshill and is always there with a friendly word of advice providing a source if support and reassurance for anyone who needs it.

  • Impact on Young People by an Organisation – Sponsored by RPS

    Winner – The Family Nurse Partnership

    The Family Nurse Partnership is a preventive early intervention programme providing therapeutic support and parenting education through intensive home visiting to the most vulnerable first time teenage parents in localities from around 14 weeks of pregnancy until their child is two years old.

    Over the last 12 months, 53 families have been supported by the FNP and whilst following the FNP programme all areas of “life” are touched upon.

    Leanne and Julie work very closely with lots of other professionals, including Trent & Dove to try and ensure that the young person receives the best possible support available. They accept that they don’t always know the answers to question about housing or benefits but they are always prepared to ring and involve others that do.

    Leanne and Julie know that dealing with young people is very difficult to dealing with older members of society. They know that texting is a much more popular way of contact with young people and have adapted to accommodate this. They also know that young people, particularly those who are pregnant, go through a whole range of different emotions and can often say or do things that they don’t mean. Leanne and Julie have so much patience and even when a young person has cancelled numerous appointments they continue to make contact, leave cards through their door so the young person has the option to change their mind. More often than not this is exactly what happens and the young person re-engages with the service.  

  • Impact on Older People – Sponsored by Kensa Heat Pumps

    Winner – Sharon Taylor

    Before Sharon started volunteering she was a full-time carer for her mum and a full time mother to 4 children.

    Whilst still caring for her mother, Sharon volunteers at the over 50s lunch club. She provides a low cost nutritional meal for those members of the community who are lonely and at times feel isolated. Sharon cooks their lunch every week with the help from another volunteer. She sources the best food she can and hunts around for a bargain to keep the cost at £4 which includes lunch, a dessert, tea / coffee and always cake to take home.

    The people who come to the lunch club have also been sign posted onto different organisations that use the centre to help with issues they talk about around the table. At Easter, Sharon provides everyone with an Easter egg, some said they haven’t had one for 60 years!

    Last Christmas, Sharon was able to provide a free Christmas party lunch, with entertainment. The Mayor, local Councilors and the local Vicar all attended. They also got a visit from Santa with a present.

    Without the lunch club some of the residents do not see anyone all week.  Sharon puts her heart and soul into her role at the lunch club. She works over 15 hours a week at the centre and the lunch club is her “baby.” Without the lunch club many of those that attend would really miss it.

  • Outstanding Achievement in Self Development – Sponsored by CDP

    Winner – Sajid Rashid

    Sajid Rashid BEM is a multi-award winning philanthropist, one of the ‘youngest’ ever to receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) from Her Majesty The Queen on the New Years Honors List for services to the community of Burton on Trent as well as charitable fundraising.

    Sajid is regarded as one of Britain’s most inspirational figures scooping the accolade of “Positive Role Model Award for Age’ at the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards; The national Diversity Awards along with many others including JCI’s UK’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP)

    His life had taken him from starting off as a volunteer for Staffordshire Youth Service and worked his way up to become a Millennium Volunteer after promising to help youngsters around East Staffordshire to help setup somewhere for them to go – like youth centres in their spare time.

     His journey then took him to Uxbridge Community Centre in Uxbridge Street, Burton as an elected Chairman at the age of 20 and then following on to be an elected vice-chairman for the second term, where he re-generated and ‘turned the centre around’ by improving the venue for all in the community.

     In addition to these achievements, Mr Rashid has literally thrown himself into fund-raising challenges as part of a bid to back charities close to his heart having raised over £50,000 over the last few years and recently raising £14,353 for The Amir Khan Foundation to provide clean drinking water wells in South Asia via JustGiving. Charities he has supported in the past range from Islamic Relief to the Disaster Emergencies Committee (DEC);

    From ziplining and skydiving at high velocity, up to speeds of 120mph, conquering his fear of heights in the process to fund-raising outside in the street with a bucket in his hand, Mr Rashid is always doing his bit for humanity as well as charity.

  • Community Project – Sponsored by Burton Albion Community Trust

    Winner – Short Street Café

    In June 2016 members of the community came forward to express an interest in re-opening a community café in Waterside. The Neighbourhood Forum requested a short term period where the shop units owned by First Housing would be leased to them providing them with an opportunity to establish the usage of the units as a vibrant community resource.

    In September the café re-opened and has since been serving the community with hot and cold meals and snacks for everyone to enjoy. In addition to this, CAP debt advice sessions are offered on one afternoon a week.

    In a short space of time the café has put on a range of activities such as Easter and Christmas events, has co-hosted a Big Lunch with Newstart and has offered low cost after school meals for children.

    It has quickly established itself in the area and the volunteers who run it are hoping that with time the café will become a thriving community resource.  The volunteers who run the café are all full of enthusiasm and passion for their local community.

  • Special Recognition Award – Sponsored by Foot Anstey

    Winner – Sandra Jones

    Sandra works at Elizabeth Court as a cleaner working every morning, she delivers a first class service. Visitors always comment on how lovely and clean the scheme is and how friendly and welcoming it feels.
    Once Sandra has completed her working hours she then starts her “help” work. Every day she helps at all of the activities, washing up, making tea, cooking, gardening, making craft items to sell at the customer fairs to sell to boost funds, decorating the scheme for the seasons and party's such as Easter, Halloween, Christmas and Tea party's.

    Sandra is an ear to everyone. She has so much empathy for them, never judges just a great listener. She will turn her hand to anything to help, she is great at setting up the residents TV’s now too.

    Sandra has also been involved in charity events such as Dementia Friends and completed the memory walk, Steps for Cancer and also the race for life. She also bakes lots of cakes every year for the McMillan Coffee morning. The residents would be lost without her.

  • Special Recognition Award – Sponsored by Worcester Bosch

    Winner – Katie Kelly

    When Katie first joined a local youth project she was full of life, a happy go lucky girl with a passion for working with children and looking forward to leaving school and fulfilling her dreams. However occurrences in her life took a turn for the worst and Katie suffered with terrible anxiety and panic attacks.

    Katie was asked to be a volunteer at The Winshill Resource Centre after helping to organise a series of fund raising events there. At first she was a little apprehensive so she was asked to start off by helping out at their coffee mornings.

    Katie has achieved an enormous amount in the past 1 and a half years and the transformation is amazing. Before, Katie hardly came out of the house and now she has a great impact on the community with the work she does as a volunteer at Winshill Resource Community Centre.  She has come really far and the work she does has had an impact on many families’ lives.

  • Special Recognition Award – Sponsored by Anthony Collins

    Winner – Derek Liddle

    Paula Davies collecting on behalf of Derek

    Derek is 75 years old and for the last 22 years he has worked every Christmas to help under privileged children receive gifts that may not otherwise receive any.

    Derek started this project from his front room with support from Janet, his wife, in Birmingham helping women’s refuges. He now helps Burton families and organisations such as Social Services, Harvey Girls, Barnardo’s, women’s refuges, young people charities, young carers, Salvation Army and children’s wards at the local hospital.

    Last Christmas Derek and his team (particularly Paula Davies – the new chair of 1 year and who has supported Derek for the last 6 years) helped Trent & Dove families by providing gifts that we could distribute to those who needed them.


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