2016’s Community Awards Winners are In

The pride of South Ribble have been honoured at this year’s Community Awards.

Now in its fourth year, the seven top gongs were hotly contested at the annual ‘Big Do’ with more nominations than ever before.

Lancashire Police and Galloway’s Society for the Blind scooped a brand new award for 2016 – the Partnership Commendation.

They were recognised for their joint approach to helping people living with sight loss, including training for PCSOs and call handlers and offering important safety and community information in an audio format.

It was a double whammy for Galloway’s too as Mike Beeston, who gives up four days out of every week to support the charity, was named Volunteer of the Year.

Young Volunteer of the year went to inspirational Matthew Duncan who uses his own experiences to help in his role as a mentor at the Teenage Autism and ADHD Group.

The pair were joined on stage by fellow winners on the night - the Leyland Town Team, the South Ribble Pensioners Association as well as the community of Western Drive and C&W Berry, who rallied together after the Boxing Day floods.

The Special Achievement Award was shared by St Catherine’s Hospice, South Ribble Borough Council and the Rotary Clubs of Longridge and Preston North and Preston South, and the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside Nova Scotia for the roles they played in the opening of the borough’s first new park in 40 years.

St Catherine’s Park joined land owned by the council and the hospice to form the very first part of the Central Parks project and boasts a brand new Inglis bridge, a nature trail, woodland, new gates, signage and accessible pathways.

Mike Beeston

Having volunteered for 4 days a week for 7 years, Mike is a highly valued member of the team at Galloway’s Society for the Blind, and is described as ‘generous’, ‘fantastic’ and ‘obliging’.

Transporting service users, involved with the talking newspapers and much more Mike is a treasure to Galloway’s.

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Matthew Duncan

Matthew is an example of the tenacity young people have to overcome personal challenges; pushing their own boundaries whilst helping others.

A volunteer at the Teenage autism and ADHD Group (TAAG), he has first hand understanding of some of the challenges the young people who attend the group face and he is there coaching, mentoring and supporting them on their journey.

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Leyland Town Team

Made up of small businesses and people interested in making the town centre, a vibrant and bustling centre of the community; this group is full of energy, and involved in many things including, festivals, events, fundraising and so much more.

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South Ribble Pensioners Association

South Ribble Pensioners society are there to support some of our older residents. Loneliness and isolation can lead to so many different issues and problems. The pensioners association really is a lifeline to help keep that social network going, and the impact that has on someone’s wellbeing really cannot be underestimated.

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Community Response to Floods

The Boxing Day floods were a huge challenge to some of our local communities, and at Western Drive in Leyland, despite the difficulties the community displayed real spirit and came together to support each other when they were most in need. Giving hot cups of tea, transporting to and from, getting sandbags to where they were needed—that’s real community spirit!

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St Catherines Park

St Catherine’s Park is a pioneering project combining the land of the Hospice with the adjoining land owned by South Ribble Borough Council (Dandy Brook). In partnership inspirational people at South Ribble Borough Council, the Hospice, the Rotary Clubs of Longridge and Preston North and Preston South, and The Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside Nova Scotia that St Catherine’s Park banded together to open the first park in South Ribble in more than 40 years.

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