The South Ribble Community Awards 2014
Recognising the positive contributions made in South Ribble, putting people first and inspiring others
The South Ribble Community Awards 2014, took place on June 5th, at Samlesbury Hotel, as part of the Big Do.
We are lucky in South Ribble to have so many volunteers and people who want to give back to their community. There were some incredible stories and below you can find out a bit more about this years winners.
Community Impact Award
This award will recognise a voluntary, community or faith sector organisation that has made a significant positive impact in South Ribble.
Business in the Community Award
This award will recognise a socially responsible business which actively supports the local community through positive action.
Winner: Age Concern Central Lancashire
Providing support and helping hand to those living with dementia, 'Charnley Fold' in Bamber Bridge people to remain independent in their homes for longer. The Positive Outlook Programme, Walking Group and Friendship Clubs represent just some of the ways in which Age Concern Central Lancashire and its dedicated band of volunteers go that extra mile, to help those in our community most in need.
Winner: Keith Bradshaw
Having received a number of nominations for his work supporting businesses, charities and young people in the local community, Keith stood out as this year's 'Business in the Community'. His singular energy in establishing the Business Before Breakfast network group; introducing pupils from the local high school to businesses and entrepreneurs and providing support and advice to local residents about how to maintain and build their small businesses; reflect Keith’s genuine desire to help people, going beyond providing an simple advice service.
Volunteer of the Year (25+)This award will recognise an individual who has volunteered their time to make a difference in their local community.
Young Volunteer of the Year
This award will recognise a young person who has volunteered their time to make a difference in their local community.
Winner: Martha Richardson
Martha is an inspirational volunteer who not only is a founding member of the ‘Friends of Worden Park’ but a volunteer with the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service ‘Meals on Wheels’ scheme; Sue Ryder Care; a gold award blood donor and volunteer with the library services ’Books on Wheels’ scheme. The scale and breadth of Martha’s volunteering means she has helped countless numbers of people in the South Ribble area and is truly a remarkable lady with a huge heart.
Winner: Rebecca Bridges
Rebecca volunteered with the ‘Opportunity Sports Foundation’ in South Ribble, and was influential in setting up a range of projects that have benefitted the community; these included weekly netball sessions on Wade Hall and the ‘Let Kids Play’ projects in Bamber Bridge. She further volunteered her time to Brownedge St Mary’s High School and the Lostock Hall Academy providing coaching and support. Having worked with well over 750 young people across South Ribble and giving up her evenings (whilst holding down a job) Rebecca’s efforts represent a true and selfless commitment.
Special Achievement Award
This award will recognise a person or organisation that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a positive impact in South Ribble
Winner: Andrew Ball - Walton-le-Dale Recreation Society
The Walton Le Dale Recreation Society have recently completed construction of a brand new community facility at the recreation ground. Andrew Ball, chair of the society demonstrated a level of ingenuity and selflessness that together with the efforts of the rest of the group, their new community facility has now been constructed and completed. Andrew was instrumental in helping to secure goodwill from local businesses and tradesmen which drastically helped to reduce construction costs and bring the project to fruition.