The results are in….
Its been another amazing year for the South Ribble Community Awards.
Six awards were handed out at the ceremony, held at the four-star Leyland Hotel, to celebrate the grit, determination and hard work these individuals and organisations have put in to making a real difference.
The award ceremony was presented as part of the South Ribble Partnership’s annual ‘Big Do’– a cross sector networking event attended by people from charities, voluntary groups, businesses and organisations across the borough.
The South Ribble Community Awards is one of the ways we are able to say thank you to those who, over the past year, have made a difference to our community.
You can download the event booklet here which details all of our nominees, who were each worthy recipients.
For a business that actively supports their local community through positive action; going the extra mile to demonstrate its commitment to supporting South Ribble and its communities.
This year's winner is....
BAXI - which has demonstrated a strong and continued commitment to supporting the communities of South Ribble. This includes donating raffle prizes to support local fundraising and charities; sponsoring of community events, such as ‘Football Remembers’, commemorating the 1914 Christmas Truce; providing volunteers to support local vulnerable and elderly residents; providing meeting space to local scout groups and supporting young and aspiring engineers by working with and sponsoring schools and colleges.
For a voluntary, community or faith organisation that has made an amazing contribution to the communities of South Ribble.
This year's winner is...
Churches Together in Leyland - for their commitment to supporting those most in need. Not just one, two or three, but 8 local churches from across Leyland working together as one group; providing a furniture scheme which supports over 400 people per year, a food bank, handing out over 3000 parcels each year and a credit union of which over 50 people use it on a weekly basis.
For an individual who gives freely and unselfishly of his or her time to help others
This year's winner is...
Joanne Duncan from TAAG - When her eldest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, discovering a gap in support not only for the children who were diagnosed, but for the parents and families, she did something about it. Setting up a small group, it rapidly grew, has attracted praise and is now a registered charity supporting 100 families. Selfless devotion, passion and tireless dedication describes this year’s Volunteer of the Year.
For young people up to 24 years old; awarded to an individual for the best positive contribution to their community or the borough in general
Departing from the norm, the panel had such a hard time in making their determination that there is not one but two recipients of this award,
Sharing the accolade is:
Naomi Womack who volunteers for several organisations, which support young people with disabilities. We were not quite sure where she finds the time, but she volunteers for both Barnardo’s and TAAG giving both voice to young people’s issues and supporting young people with disabilities.
Brian Ascroft - a role model for young people who was recently commended in the finals of the Lancashire High Sheriff Young Citizen’s Award. He is active in supporting the anti-bullying initiative ‘Be More Heroic UK’, recruiting members, providing advice and as a singer/songwriter has put his own talents to good use raising funds for Mary’s Meals by donating the proceeds of his Leyland Live bands to charity.
For an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to our borough.
This year's winner is...
Andy Wilson - who has received a remarkable level of praise from those he supports. It is hard in these few words to do him justice, but as an outreach worker at South Ribble Children’s centres, his infectious enthusiasm and passion gives our very youngest in the community the positive start they need. Going above and beyond, Andy doesn’t stop the job when he clocks off, but in his own time raises money to support a range of children’s charities and works with parents to promote healthy lifestyles. The praise of those parents and the joy of the children just made this individual stand out.
The 'Community Spirit’ Award was specifically commissioned this year in response to two nominations that we received.
Sponsored by South Ribble Partnership the award recognises two individuals who are models of good citizenship.
The recipients of this award, Marguerite Ralphs and Rob Cochrane seek no reward or thanks, but day in day out perform acts of citizenship we should all aspire too.
They represent the good in our society, people with kind hearts and spirit, cleaning up after those who give little thought to our environment; these two people shine and tonight we would like to recognise their hard work.