Check out the winners and runners up from our Community Awards 2018 below.
We had more than 50 entries and here are those that were shortlisted.
Action in the Community
Organisation: New Directions Support
Name of Project: Day Opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism in Stafford
Nominated by: Warren Low
New Directions Support provides day opportunities for adults with a learning disability in Stafford. It was found there was a local need for individuals in the community to engage in structured activities to maintain their wellbeing and sustain friendships. Now in its fifth year, the organisation is a well-respected provider of services in the local area. New Directions impact lives of individuals and improve the local community by ensuring that people with a learning disability are fully integrated.
Organisation: Penkside Community Champions
Name of Project: The Penkside Project
Nominated by: Andrew Edwards
Penkside Community Champions are a team of volunteers working to better the local community, covering Silkmore and surrounding areas. In the last 12 months they have arranged parent and toddler groups, organised trips to Blackpool and Rhyl and held various events throughout the year including an annual summer event, Easter egg hunt, Santa’s grotto and community litter picks. All of their activities are either free or at a reduced rate.
Organisation: McDonald’s Stafford
Name of Project: Love Where you Live Project
Nominated by: Councillor Jonathan Price and Councillor Bryan Cross
Every year McDonalds hold a ‘Love where you live’ project. Employees from McDonalds give up their spare time to go and litter pick in the local area. They decided to litter pick the Eccleshall Road Cemetery. They thought this would be a good way to give back to the community by tidying up where the communities loved ones are. They also helped in other projects such as the painting of Greyfriars subway, anti-litter campaigns and other litter picks.
Organisation: Choices Housing
Name of Project: Stafford Borough Dementia Friendly 2020
Nominated by: Councillor Jeremy Pert
Choices Housing’s aim is to raise awareness of dementia, to start to actively do something about supporting those affected by dementia. People with Dementia can live well with the appropriate awareness and understanding. Choices Housing has created a Dementia Action Alliance, engaged businesses onto the journey of becoming dementia friendly and delivered Dementia Friends sessions throughout the Borough. The vision is for Stafford Borough to be dementia friendly by 2020.
Inspiring Individual Over 18
Name of Individual: Bob Shepherd
Nominated by: Councillor Jonathan Price and Councillor Bryan Cross
Bob is a caring individual who puts other peoples needs before his own. During the last 12 months Bob has been involved in: managing the Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre, Community Connectors - a volunteer lead scheme that aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness, Holmcroft Surgery Patient Participation Group - to improve the service it provides by improving communication between patients and the surgery and Bob also provides Veteran Support 24 hours a day for a former Special Forces Commander.
Name of Individual: Andrew Edwards
Nominated by: Stewart Bishop
Andrew is the Chairperson for Penkside Community Champions at only 18 years of age. He is highly motivated and passionate about the area, giving up his free time to run activities for residents of Penkside and deliver projects to assist with the betterment of the area such as: parent and toddler sessions, walking for health, community litter picks, community consultation and family events. He has also secured the future for the group by finding a base for them to work from.
Inspiring Individual Under 18
Name of Individual: Imani Al-Khaldi
Name of Project: Imani’s Incredible Eats
Nominated by: Councillor Ann Edgeller
Imani understands the difficulties people face of having a well balanced diet on a tight budget. This is why Imani chose to save her pocket money and write a letter to the MP to help her set up a community fridge in Stafford. Imani uses promotion and fund raising to ensure the fridges are well stocked. Imani is an inspiration to all those around her, her determination, compassion and ambition is to be admired. Imani is 8 years old.
Name of Individual: Matthew Goddard
Name of Project: Grow the Game
Nominated by: John Batchelor
Matthew is 16 and gives up many hours to help with activities that encourage girls to get involved with football including; keeping the website up to date, posting on social media, providing live commentary, sorting out equipment and completing essential paperwork. All of these have contributed towards professionalising girls football. Matthew has dyspraxia but has met this challenge head-on; he is unfailingly cheerful and keen to learn. Our team, and the profile of girls' football, have both gained enormously from his efforts.
Youth and Education
Organisation: Gnosall Parish Council
Name of Project: GG’s Youth Club
Nominated by: Councillor Mark Winnington
Since GG’s youth club has opened in 2016 it has gone from strength to strength. It provides a valuable service to young people in and around Gnosall. Each week local children can take part in sports activities, cooking, craft, literacy and much more. Youth club members have specifically requested to create a dementia friendly sensory garden. There is over 100 members who attend the youth club and they are becoming well respected young members of the community.
Organisation: Burton Manor Primary
Name of Project: Tree Tribes Achievement
Nominated by: Litter Campaign Team
The Tree Tribe are involved with many projects including: Eco Awards, Eco Action Day, There is no Planet B! and many other projects within the local wildlife area. They have demonstrated commitment to sustainability inside the school grounds and in the wider community throughout 2018. The school encourages both the pupils and also their families to change their views on litter and being sustainable; they encourage recycling and the use of turning materials into something to be proud of.
Organisation: Eccleshall Historical Society
Name of Project: The Eccleshall Great War Project
Nominated by: Eccleshall Parish Council
In 2013 Eccleshall Historical Society (EHS) chose to commemorate the Great War by researching the history of the 45 men and 1 woman who appear on the Holy Trinity War Memorial. During this research they found several names that had connections to Eccleshall but didn’t appear on the memorial. EHS appealed to get these names added onto the list. In 2016 it was determined that names of the men who had connections with Eccleshall should be added onto the memorial.