For those of you have seen the Tyburn Mail hopefully you’ll have noticed the page dedicated to the Castle Vale Community Awards. It’s here at last and it’s your time to vote.
This year there are four categories with names shortlisted for you to give a vote to one of them and then an open fifth category for anyone that you think should be recognised. You don’t have to vote for someone in each category but then again why don’t you have a read and a think as maybe there is someone for each category you think should be recognised.
Young Person Award – all these young people have made a difference. Who would you like to see win the award?
Aaron Moroney aged 14 is a member of the Youth Council and part of the Air Cadets in his own time. He has been shortlisted to recognise the way he has supported other young people to take part in physical activity including mentoring a young person to develop their confidence and self-esteem and helping to lead a free-running club at school.
Jonathan Nelson aged 21 is a volunteer mentor for CVCRS Youth Service. He supports youth sessions and has particularly mentored one young person successfully, attending visits at their school and supporting them to have a successful transition into mainstream education.
Youth Council – the members all give up their time to ensure that young people in Castle Vale have a voice. They assist in organising summer playscheme activities, securing funding for activities and trips. They also attend various meetings on the estate to put forward their point of view and make sure the views of young people are heard and taken into account for a range of services.
Arts & Creativity Award – these nominees have championed the arts and helped others to participate, which one gets your vote?
Laura Hicklin is a young person, wiser than her years, who gets involved in a range of activities on the estate, finding creative ways to help her community. Over the summer she gave her time to support AACV with the Community Games as well as supporting a number of other groups on the estate throughout the year.
Julie Edwards has played a creative part in Castle Vale for the best part of 30 years. Through the leisure centre she organised artistic trampoline and gymnastic displays, voluntarily led the Goldstar cheerleaders (over 100 members) and supported the artSites programme – rarely missing an event. Most recently Julie has supported young people at Greenwood Academy as an assistant in the performing arts team – regularly going above and beyond, giving her own time to help pupils develop their talents.
The Ridings Care Home have been nominated for their involvement in the Horizons project that has seen artists from Welsh National Opera work with residents and staff to create a high quality new opera. The staff have ensured that residents with a range of dementia care needs could participate and some staff have been joining in themselves, attending singing and performance rehearsals all on top of their working day to help record the music and make a film that features the words and stories of people at the home.
Sports & Fitness Award – without their active role, Castle Vale wouldn’t be able to stay as active. Show your appreciation by selecting one.
Castle Vale Pool User Group (Cllr Lynda Clinton, Judy Tullett, Amanda Cutler, Ian Bingham, Laura Hicklin) have fought hard to keep the pool open, have secured funding for improvements at the pool and helped to organise weekly swimming sessions for people who cannot swim or have disabilities. They have put in a lot of time voluntarily over the past few years and always looked to find ways to keep the pool for the local community and in full use.
Garry Kilday & John Newton have been jointly nominated as both of these men have together worked at the Vale Stadium in a voluntary capacity for a number of years. They opened/closed the building for teams, cleaned the building as well as ran the social club upstairs.
Pat Tanner has been shortlisted to recognise her long standing commitment to running Extend Classes to people aged 60 years and above on a weekly basis. Pat also ensures she attends any event to showcase Extend to profile the group.
Valued contribution – these residents have given their time on boards and championing causes. Which one do you want to champion for?
John Miles is committed to improving the education of young people on the estate striving to create the best learning experiences in local schools. He sits on a number of groups and boards on the estate to help make a difference.
Sue Spicer is a member of a variety of boards on the estate and gives up a large amount of her time each week. She has been involved as a volunteer throughout the regeneration of Castle Vale, fighting to make sure it is a good place to live.
Wendy Walsh has been involved in Castle Vale for approximately 20 years, she has been part of many boards over the years including NPB. More recently she has taken over the running of the PHAB group, which run weekly sessions for young people with and without disabilities. She has spent a lot of time supporting the volunteers involved in PHAB to ensure they have a good experience and gain valuable skills.
The Unsung Hero Award
You’ve had a look at the shortlist above, maybe there’s someone or an organisation not here that you want to make sure is recognised, someone who hasn’t received an award in the past. We’d like to receive your nomination to select the Unsung Hero.
How to contact them
Why you think they should receive an award
Pick up a Tyburn Mail, one of our voting forms or vote online here
1) Tick one box in each section you want to vote in for who you think should win
2) For the fifth award make a nomination if you have someone to suggest
3) Give us your details
4) Then take your written entry and post it in one of the boxes at the reception of either The Sanctuary, Spitfire House or Greenwood Academy or if voting on line select the submit button.
To make sure your votes are counted you will need to tell us:
Without this information we can not include your votes. As a thank you, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to the event. Only those who live, attend school or work in Castle Vale can submit votes.
Please do leave comments here if you wish but make sure you use the link above for any voting you want to give online.
Voting closes on Thursday 28th March 2013.