Unsung heroes across the community of Stafford Borough were the big winners at an annual awards ceremony.
The Stafford Borough Council ‘Community Awards’ returned to the town’s Rising Brook Community Church on Thursday evening (25 November) after taking place online last year because of Covid-19 restrictions.
And the roll of honour included volunteers, organisations and businesses who were among around 30 shortlisted nominations attending the event along with the Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Tony Nixon, and local MP, Theo Clarke
All the winners, and those highly commended, were announced over several categories to an audience of around 150 people.
Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities and Health, said it had been another incredible year with so many inspiring stories of those who had stepped up to the mark and helped others in their community over the last year.
The categories included Community Action, Environmental Improvement, Social Wellbeing and Local Hero – as well as an award to recognise sporting achievements in the borough which was introduced for the first time last year.
Nominations were open to all people, groups and organisations operating within the borough with projects that have been running during the last 12 months.
Among the winners were Period Power, Staffordshire County Showground for their Covid-19 Vaccination Centre, the Stafford Welcomes Refugees Young Volunteers Project, and Christopher Hurst, who has dedicated his time to work such as repairs on the canal towpath and working on flooding issues on the village green in Barlaston.
Councillor Pert, said: “It was a wonderful evening and fantastic to see so many inspirational people from across our borough.
“In the face of adversity we have seen many individuals, volunteers, groups and businesses stand up and be counted in so many different ways.
“I knew that individual efforts and the voluntary sector were strong in Stafford and the surrounding areas but what’s been delivered in 2021 has been amazing.
“I’m pleased we have been able to recognise their achievements. In my eyes they are all winners and I hope the evening demonstrated to them how much we value all they do to make our borough a better place to live, work and visit.
The winners and those ‘Highly Commended’ are:
- Winner - Period Power
- Highly Commended - Hearts and Hands
- Winner - Stafford and District Carers Holiday Trust
- HC - The Island Restaurant: Eat in to Help Out
- Winner - Roots Larder CIC
- HC – Street Floral Display
- Winner - Christopher Hurst: Environmental Works
- HC – Susan McKeown: Hixon Millennium Green
Sport and Leisure
- Winner - Stafford Dodgeball Club – Junior Dodgeball Club
- HC – Elements Fitness and Wellbeing / Macro Cafe
- Winner - Staffordshire County Showground – Covid-19 Vaccination Centre
- Winner - Tom, Seb, Joban and Harrison for the Stafford Welcomes Refugees Young Volunteers Project.
Special Recognition Award
- Winner - The Community Foundation
More information from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/communityawards
Press Release No 5836