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Community Achievement Award Winners Announced

28th December 2018
Community Focus

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 Meharban
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 Sanderson
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 Birch
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.

Dog training – rain or shine!

17th December 2018
RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham

Thanks to a generous grant from Support Adoption For Pets, the local RSPCA Animal Centre can offer dog training and behavioural support, all year round, in all weathers. The new canopy completes a big investment in training facilities at the South Yorkshire Animal Centre, Bawtry. read more

Coffee and carols

17th December 2018
Wickersley Methodist Church

You are invited to the festive Charity Coffee Morning at Wickersley Methodist Church — Coffee and Carols — on Friday 21st December, from 10.00am to 12.00pm. They will be serving gingerbread with luxury hot chocolate, homemade mince pies and cream, as well as toasted teacakes and crumpets. All proceeds will go to Weston Park Hospital. All are welcome to enjoy a coffee or special hot chocolate, choose your favourite carol and sing along. read more

Rotherham Choral Society

16th December 2018
Rotherham Choral Society

On Wednesday 19th December, the Rotherham Choral Society will perform their ever-popular Christmas concert. Come along and enjoy singing your favourite carols. The Musical Director is Rachel Copley and the accompanist Joy Blaker. The concert takes place at Herringthorpe United Reformed Church at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £7.00 (£6.00 and £2.00 concessions). read more

See Rattlejag Morris on Boxing Day

16th December 2018
Rattlejag Morris

If you are out and about on Boxing Day this year, Rattlejag Morris, based in Retford, will be ‘dancing out’, as is the old tradition at rural pubs, and everyone is welcome to join them — maybe even having a chance to dance.  As in previous years, they will be taking their local ‘plough morris’ style to the Blue Bell Inn, in Gringley-on-the-Hill, at 12.00pm, on 26th December and at 1.00pm to the Blacksmith’s Arms in Everton. read more

Doncaster Indoor Bowling Club

14th December 2018
Doncaster Indoor Bowling Club

Are you bored, fed up doing the same old thing? Then why don’t you try your hand at a game of bowls at the Doncaster Indoor Bowling Club? The club is situated at Urban Road, Hexthorpe, has ample parking facilities and caters for all standards of bowlers. The club has excellent disabled access to the green using the gutter ramp and two specialised bowls buggies for wheelchair bowlers. read more

Rosie’s family launch Light up a Life appeal

13th December 2018
Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

A Rotherham couple helped by a charity during the toughest times of their lives have helped launch its ‘Light up a Life’ appeal for Christmas. Joanne and Jonathan Tennick are asking people to dedicate a snowflake to the memory of a loved one and help families supported by Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. read more

Santa visits RSPCA

12th December 2018
RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham

Santa Claus is coming to town on Sunday 16th December! Come and visit him at the RSPCA South Yorkshire Animal Centre, Great North Road, Bawtry, and get involved with the festive cheer. There is a performance by a very special Christmas choir and lots of mince pies at the ready; it’s sure to be fun for the whole family. Join us from 12.00pm to 3.00pm, for refreshments, stalls and a tombola; all of which help to raise vital funds for the care and treatment of local animals. read more

Doing the Christmas rounds

11th December 2018
Rotherham U3A

This year, summer cast its sunny shadows into late October. We became outdoor people, luxuriating in balmy days and evenings. November, and now December chills, send us scurrying inside at the earliest opportunity, turning up the heating and settling down on the sofa. read more

Feed a homeless pet this Christmas

10th December 2018
Rain Rescue

Local charity Rain Rescue has launched its Christmas Dinner Appeal and is asking local residents to support their vital work at this time of year. read more