Community Champion Award 2013: Winners announced!
The award is open to all ages and celebrates those people who go the extra mile to help keep their local area clean, safe and green. Whether it's litter picking, helping an elderly neighbour to recycle, creating a community green space by planting trees or flower beds or setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme, we believe it’s important to recognise the contribution that our residents are making to the community.
We have been overwhelmed by the quality of the entries this year and we are pleased to announce that this year’s Community Champion Award winners are:
The Noise Project, Markyate (Group category)
The Noise Project has been running for the last 11 years and is co-ordinated by Churches Together in Markyate. The phenomenally well organised project has a team of 100 volunteers from toddlers to pensioners who spend three days in August carrying out goodwill errands in Markyate village. The teams - mostly consisting of teenagers and young adults - remove graffiti, clean subways making it safe for users, carry out various gardening jobs for the elderly and infirm, litter pick, paint murals for schools and much more. Prior to the operation, team leaders are trained to use tools, trained in child safety and protection, first aid, and emergency situations. Local businesses are also empowered to help by providing resources and t-shirts. The Noise Project's acts of compassion and kindness to others create a strong community spirit which lasts all year round.
Co-ordinator of The Noise Project, Jeremy Bottrill said, “Receiving the 2013 Dacorum Community Champion Award was a real honour both for myself and our many committed volunteers who have worked so hard and selflessly for the 3 days of The Noise and for a few unsung heroes who have worked behind the scenes even longer! I’m particularly proud of all of our teenagers and young people who took part, as they are showing that their generation can make a positive contribution to a community.
We hope that others seeing what has happened in Markyate during the three days of The Noise will be inspired to give some of their time in practical ways to help others and also discover that it can be surprisingly rewarding!”
John Priestley, Hemel Hempstead (Individual category)
Since 2007, John has been instilling civic pride in his street by keeping his front garden in pristine condition, but he goes the extra mile by keeping all his neighbours' front gardens neat and tidy as well through watering, weeding, cutting hedges and pruning fruit trees. His caring nature even extends to looking after his neighbours’ gardens whilst they are on holiday. He also grits his neighbour's entrances during the snow and does their weekly shopping if they are unable to leave their homes. John’s selfless nature to create a sense of community through his gardening has created a friendly neighbours network. Everyone needs a 'John' down their street!
John said, “I am so pleased with this award, it means a great deal to me. I will continue to help my neighbours wherever I can.”
Hemel Hempstead Conservation Volunteers
The Hemel Hempstead Conservation Volunteers have been working in the Dacorum area for 30 years - working on conservation projects on community land and improving conditions for wildlife. The dedicated volunteers give up their spare time to run several projects a month to work on conservation projects which have included Ashley Green Pond, Bunkers Park, Cholesbury Common, Croxley Common Moor, Hemel Food Garden, St. Mary's Church, Apsley, The Nickey Line and The Paper Trail Museum.
Kirsty Robertson, Berkhamsted
Kirsty has been a very active member of the Berkhamsted Youth Town Council and the Swan Youth Centre for the past 18 months. Her recent projects have involved making areas safe for young people and adults alike. She has consulted with young people about their perception of safety in the community and she has helped to raise funds to install lights at the skate park, as well as new pedestrian crossings in Berkhamsted. Kirsty has also been involved in fundraising projects for the Swan Youth Centre such as Berko Unplugged. Kirsty’s enthusiasm and commitment to her community makes her great model to her peers.
The winners will receive a 'Clean Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2013' engraved trophy and will have their profile included in the next edition of Dacorum Digest
The Community Champion Award is in its fifth year and is sponsored by Arco - the UK's leading supplier of personal protective equipment, workwear and workplace safety products. The Awards Reception is sponsored by The Marchmont Arms. Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters of the Community Champion Awards.
Who won the Community Award in previous years?