Community Achievement Award Winners Announced
The awards, which recognise and celebrate the wide-reaching impact of Rotherham’s Voluntary and Community Sector, were presented at a ceremony on Friday 16th November at The Carlton Park Hotel. The awards, organised by Voluntary Action Rotherham on behalf of the Rotherham Together Partnership, showcase the outstanding contribution that the voluntary and community sector make in Rotherham.
In all, there were over 50 nominations for the awards from a variety of community groups, organisations and individuals from across the borough. The winners are Kiran Meharban, a young volunteer for Rotherham Looked After Children’s Council, Lawrence Sanderson, a volunteer at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and Fisherman’s Friends and Rotherham African Drummers.
This year, the judges decided to give an additional ‘special recognition’ award to Fin Birch, who at just nine years old, is the youngest person ever nominated.
Janet Wheatley, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Rotherham added: “It’s always a very humbling and inspiring evening recognising the efforts of the voluntary and community sector in Rotherham, the projects and work they do and the vital role that volunteers — young and older — play in our town.
“All of the nominees are winners, their work, commitment and dedication help to make Rotherham the great place that it is.”
The 2018 Rotherham Community Achievement Award winners are:
Young Volunteer (Sponsored by Morthyng Group Ltd)
Kiran has been a dedicated volunteer for over three years with the Rotherham Looked After Children’s Council working tirelessly every week with the group and always going the extra mile. She has been a driving force for many of the LAC Council’s Voice and Influence Projects and has made a huge impact on the projects and individuals. Kiran is an inspirational young woman who is caring, non-judgemental, empathetic and patient and always takes the time to welcome new members to the group, she is truly unique and an outstanding volunteer.
Kieran Reeves and Jay Rose
Volunteer (Sponsored by Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber)
Lawrence volunteers with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust running and supporting Fisherman’s Friends, encouraging people to be out in the fresh air in a relaxing, safe environment. The group was initially set up to provide a safe place for individuals with mental and/or physical health issues to fish but more so to be part of a group to reduce social isolation and increase self-worth.
Nicola Speke, Mick McCafferty and Andy Gooding
Project (Sponsored by Ladbrook Insurance)
Rotherham African Drummers (RAD)
RAD was set up in 2015 with a group of 10 people to try and combat issues such as racial tension, social barriers and community pride. They now run six evening classes a week and are a diverse group ensuring that people with learning and/or physical disabilities can access classes based on their skill level as well as providing a safe space for people of all ages, ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds to learn and socialise with each other.
GROW and Kindness & Co
Special Recognition Award
Fin, who is nine years old, has volunteered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day every year since he was five years old. He has persuaded his school to make 100 handmade Christmas Cards for older people who are lonely at Christmas and even managed to go sugar free for a month and raise £600.00 for the project. Fin is an inspiration to all of us and an example of how much young people can contribute to our town and how regardless of age you can have a positive impact on society.