Community awards presented at Activity Day

Published Friday, 03 July 2015

AN AWARD scheme aimed at recognising and rewarding the contributions made by residents in their communities has been celebrating its first winners.

The Making a Difference awards were sponsored by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council’s Housing, Community Safety and Partnerships team, who also held a residents’ activity day to coincide with the award presentation ceremony.

Cllr Chris Boothby, the council's Executive Member responsible for Housing and Community Safety, opened the event, which was attended by over 60 people.

He said after the event: “It’s important that we recognise all the hard work that individuals, as well as community groups, put into their communities.”

During the day there were interactive DIY activities provided by the council’s Housing Repairs and Green Spaces teams as well as the Together for Tenants' Garden Buddies group; and table tennis, outdoor draughts, and crafts from the Community House. Residents also made alcohol-free cocktails and took part in various quizzes, while the police, fire service and the neighbourhood wardens provided community safety advice. 

The Mayor, Councillor Mrs Janice Richards, was also in attendance and presented the community awards as follows:

Community Champions 
(for individual residents or groups who actively work and give time and energy to improving their local community).

Laurence Wilkins - for his role as Chairman of Burbage Community Arts Festival Committee in leading a team of volunteers who organise a wide and varied programme of entertainment and education throughout the village. 

The Gardening Gang from Earl Shilton Baptist Church - for their role in refreshing the gardens at Tom Eatough Court. 

Barbara and John Flynn - for their role in initiating the Groby social activities group which now meets every Monday in Groby Community Centre. 

Unseen Hero 
Malcolm Wildbore - for cooking a hot meal for residents of Armada Court six days a week, which not only helps residents who find it difficult to cater for themselves but also brings the community together. He also holds karaoke nights, film nights and social events on the weekend so people are not sitting in their flats feeling lonely. 

Residents’ Champions 
(for individuals or groups who have taken up a cause or issue and taken it to the relevant party to reach a solution or improvement).

David Smith of Ambion Court - for acting on behalf of residents, liaising with the council and other bodies. He attends the sheltered housing working group and is very involved at a scheme level, talking to residents about their needs and contacting staff members to achieve a solution.

Together for Tenants - for working proactively on behalf of council tenants, providing constructive feedback on a range of issues and helping to develop new groups and involvement activities. 

Maureen Whitfield of Mayflower Court - for supporting less mobile residents by collecting shopping and medication and helping them on outings. She has helped individual tenants through various illnesses with practical support, a sympathetic ear and a cheery disposition.

Last updated: 03/07/2015 10:33