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The Valued Contribution award is for those who have done more than could be imagined and helped to make Castle Vale a great place to live. The Nominees are:

  1. Ann Jephcott
    Ann JephcottAnn has been volunteering at Forge Farm Stables (Animal Sanctuary) for the last 12 months and has also been raising money at the same time to help keep the stables running. Ann is completely selfless and would work 24 hours a day if she was needed. Despite her learning disabilities Ann juggles attending Solihull College, studying Animal Care, caring for her elderly mother, doing the weekly shop, attending regular gym sessions to improve her health as well as cleaning out stables and feeding the animals. In my mind Ann is an unsung hero as very few people are aware of the work she does.
  2. Castle Vale Neighbourhood Tasking Group
    Neighbourhood TaskingA number of residents regularly attend the Castle Vale Neighbourhood Tasking Group to report issues and ensure that service providers take action. Residents such as Pauline Stanley, Brian Cragg, Pat and Tony Romano, Ken Sims, Lamidi Aminu, David and Joan Townsend and Mike Wroe attend every month to raise issues they have come across or on behalf of other residents. This includes JLR employee parking issues, wheelie bin roll out, road safety, crime statistics and raising awareness. By raising issues and keeping people to task, they ensure that Castle Vale continues to be a great place to live.
  3. Callum Gillam
    CallumCallum is a part time youth worker for CVCRS and despite only having a 15 hour contract he constantly works above and beyond these hours to ensure the young people at the centre get the best service possible. Within this he has taken on the responsibility of being the lead worker of a national piloted project called ‘Headstart’ which aims to build resilience in young people – this work has seen groups have the opportunity to go on a residential, participate in filming projects to raise awareness of specific issues that affect young people, and receive one to one support when required. The success of this work has seen the project gain extra funding and is often referred to as an example of excellent practice.
  4. Jane Roche 
    Jane RocheJane Roche is the Operation Manager for the TRA, but that title or role is nothing compared to the role Jane actually delivers. She goes above and beyond her role, which might be where she first meets people, but the advice they provide is not her last contact. She knows many people on the estate and does all that she can to support people when they are in need. This has seen her go shopping for and visit a former board member and resident every day, she checks in with people to make sure that their lives have improved after providing support and she shows a level of kindness and understanding that makes her an example for all.
  5. Ken Sims
    Ken SimsSince Ken moved onto the estate, he has got involved in many community activities and represents Castle Vale residents on the Neighbourhood Partnership Board and CVCHA. He is particularly interested in environmental matters and keeps a check on local service providers, particularly the police, local businesses and developments around HS2 and the conservation area. The community would not be as well informed about these things if it were not for residents like Ken.
  6. Merlin Venture Limited
    Merlin Master Logo 2008Merlin`s employment programmes came to an end this year after 15 years of working with local people in order to gain them employment and training opportunities. Theses programmes have been hugely successful and many Castle Vale residents have been supported and people such as myself have gone on to have career opportunities that they never thought they could achieve. It is a sad time for the Merlin Jets team but I think there should be a huge amount of gratitude for all the work that has been done over all the years the programmes were helping Castle Vale residents.
  7. Ray Goodwin
    _DSC4260Ray Goodwin has been a huge example to us all with his endeavours and persistence in making Castle Vale a better place for all. Putting aside Rays huge work and leadership with the TRA, Ray has been the catalyst for ensuring two major resources on the Vale have not been lost. (Castle Vale Library and the Swimming Pool). With financial resources so tight with Birmingham City Council it became a real possibility that the swimming pool would be closed and the potential for the library to no longer be open was becoming a real possibility. Extensive dialogue started that demonstrated local support for the two services (pool and library) by the community and all agencies. New, innovative and affordable methods of delivery had to be considered that could be based around a reliable bank of community volunteers and activists. In time a Castle Pool Community Partnership was established to save the pool and the Castle Vale Tenants Residents Alliance (CV TRA) emerged as the key agency to provide a managed library service. The common denominator between these two facilities was the Chief Executive of CVTRA who also brought his skills to the Pool Partnership by becoming the Chair of Trustees.
  8. Sheila Hyland
    CV Festival Best bits - 104Sheila Hyland started her involvement in Castle Vale through her role at Sainsbury’s which has seen groups able to access the supermarket to raise awareness of their causes and fundraise through bag packing or charity of the year. However her interest and support grew for the projects and people she met and in her own time she has helped local groups with fundraising, giving advice to develop ideas and volunteering at events where she can. Many have not seen her take flowers to the care homes on the estate or know of the relationships she’s built with groups which has been greatly valued.

The Young Person’s award is to recognise those under 25 years old who have volunteered or helped others beyond expectations. The Nominees are:

  1. Aaron Moroney
    AaronAaron helps a lot at The Sanctuary with the youth activities and recently took on a peer mentoring role. He has accessed activities and support in the youth work timetable and following this has taken a lead role in supporting young people that attend the setting, staff in the running of sessions and by championing the service offered to fellow peers. Aaron’s enthusiasm, dedication and positivity has had a massive effect on the other members of the centre and he is now about to undertake a volunteer training course to formalise his role. Due to the impact of Aaron’s engagement, 3 of his friends have also signed up to complete the training with the view of becoming leaders in the local community.
  2. Abigail Watts 
    AbiAbi has come a long way since she first engaged with youth workers at The Sanctuary. Over the last year Abi has volunteered as a peer mentor, helping younger children through a project called HeadStart. She has represented Birmingham at some national conferences – speaking to professionals about how young people can be more involved. She is highly committed, has given a huge amount of time and as a result is highly valued by the staff at The Sanctuary and the children she has helped. Abi has also become a Vale Maker and over the last two years supported many events led by Active Arts including the mural project CV3 and more recently the Vale Challenge.
  3. Brian Savage
    BrianBrian has volunteered as a peer mentor with the HeadStart project, plus as a local young resident he has attended events, helped out younger children and led on presenting information to residents groups, Board meetings and consultations.  Brian is very articulate, clear thinking and committed and an asset to his community.
  4. Martyn Ramsey 
    MartynMartyn has recently become a Vale Maker assisting at events such as the Greenwood Fun Day and Vale Challenge. He has assisted in tasks such as setting the 5km run, lifting and carrying and making sure the area was cleared after the event. He has also volunteered in a number of different projects with CVCRS including the HeadStart project at The Sanctuary, which sees him helping to organise activities and taking the lead on activities with younger children. In all his roles he has been highly complimented for his with nominators speaking of how helpful he is, how clearly he is happy to help anyone and is highly reliable.

The Volunteer of the Year award recognises those who give their time to make things happen in Castle Vale e.g. supports activities, supports events, helps behind the scenes. The Nominees are:

  1. Castle Vale Pool User Group
    _DSC4237The Castle Vale Pool User Group has fought so hard to keep the community swimming pool open, with much done behind the scenes that many people will never know about. Most of the volunteers have jobs as well as volunteer at the pool and fit their shifts around work and family commitments in order to ensure the pool can be open as much as possible. They have bought training for the volunteers as lifeguards and invested funds into the building. They have had a lot of negativity thrown their way about opening times etc but despite that they have kept going to keep the pool open and help to teach people to be more confident in the water.
  2. Colin Stokes 
    Colin Stokes IMG_0485Colin started to help the local Under 10’s football team last season, then became part of the club and began training/coaching the team. Last year it was all-new to the team and Colin took them under his wing to get them ready for playing against other teams. They have had ups and downs but Colin stood with them, giving time on weekdays and weekends to train them. The group managed to get sponsors, held raffles to raise funds to buy them their tracksuits, and subs were collected which helped to then have beautiful trophies at the end of the season. Colin was on the ball with it all. The bag packing at B&M raised just under £600, which brought more goodies for the lads. He also organised more football at a futsal event which lead to more training at matches. All this time and effort has been seen by the parents of the team members, who have been hugely grateful and I know a lot would thank him this way. I know all the coaches do a fab job at every training session but Colin has done more then just help, he’s helped some of these kids stay focused, stay concentrated and keep them from walking the streets.
  3. Lamidi Aminu
    SONY DSCFor years Lamidi has been contributing to the community, part of the fight for regeneration, active throughout that time and since the days of the HAT has always played an active part in the community. He has been a member of the Neighbourhood Partnership Board, Neighbourhood Tasking and 2005 Group to name but a few. He is always positive and constructive and is more than prepared to play his part. As far as I am aware the contribution Lamidi has made has never been formally recognised.
  4. Stephanie Norton
    StephSteph has been volunteering as a Family Support Worker with the Castle Vale Literacy Champions Programme for nearly a year. Steph has given up her time to work with children aged between 2 and 5 years and their parents to help them to learn to read. Steph has worked with each family for an hour a week for 6 weeks which has included reading with the child, doing arts and crafts activities, working with the parents to identify what the child likes and swapping tips, and a visit to the local library. Steph has also started volunteering at the Children’s Centre Stay and Play sessions, which take place every week. Steph has really developed her skills over the past year and many parents and children really enjoy working with her at their sessions.

Apprentice/Young Enterprise Award is for those who have worked hard in their endeavours to develop themselves within their chosen profession. The Nominees are:

  1. Dylan Hughes
    DylanDylan is an apprentice at CVCHA, and after spending a short time in his work capacity with the Youth & Employment Team at CVCRS he has continued to volunteer in his own time. He has quickly become popular with staff and young people, he is highly committed, nothing is too much trouble and he has quickly taken on leadership roles. Dylan supports the regular football sessions, Thursday evening activities and helped at other community events including the Vale Challenge. Dylan has developed quickly in his apprenticeship and is a highly valued member of the team.
  2. Charlotte Dodd
    Charlotte photoCharlotte has set up La Rochette, a new dance academy for people of all ages on the estate after seeing a gap locally and wanting to peruse a career in her passion. Setting up a business is not easy and she enlisted support first of all with Greenwood Academy to get herself started and then became one of the mentees on The Butterfly Effect where she is being supported to grow her business plan and develop further skills to be successful. She knows the benefit of being part of a dance school and went on to further education, she is now back to create the same opportunities for others as well as create fun dance sessions for all.
  3. James O’Hare, Amy Caddick, Ben O’Hare (WINGS)
    Ben, James AmySiblings James, Ben and Amy have created a new performing arts group for all ages, that will help people with their next steps into the arts. They were all brought up singing, dancing and acting through groups they attended, which led to James and Ben having success as TV extras including locally filmed Doctors, and all have extensive experience in performing in professional shows on stage at Birmingham Hippodrome. They wanted to see that others from Castle Vale with talent and potential could have access to the stage and screen and approached The Butterfly Effect we an idea that has seen the creation of Wings that they have lots of future growth for.

The Arts and Creativity award is for those who should be recognised for their participation in or leading of an arts or creative activity/event (including visual, performing and digital arts). The Nominees are:

  1. Claudette Griffiths
    ClaudetteClaudette has been instrumental in setting up the new photography group, The Happy Snappers. She has helped with the administration as Secretary and supported promotion, attracting new members. Wider to that, Claudette has become a great local advocate for the arts and attends local events to give support or volunteer her time to take pictures, as well as a valued member of Knits and Pieces. Although she wouldn’t want to be singled out for the following reason, her disability is something in which many people see first, however she has proven that the disability is second and her passion and interests are what are important to see first and this has led to her becoming a great local role model.
  2. Happy Snappers
    Happy SnappersThe Happy Snappers formed themselves as a group out of a photography project in 2014. Their work to create a new local interest group has seen new people join a local group and together they share a love of photography that can be seen through their Facebook group and exhibition currently on display at BVSC (Birmingham Voluntary Services Council) in the city center. They have plans to expand the group and mount further exhibitions for their work.
  3. James O’Hare,Amy Caddick, Ben O’Hare (WINGS)
    Ben, James AmySiblings James, Ben and Amy have created a new performing arts group for all ages, that will help people with their next steps into the arts. They were all brought up singing, dancing and acting through groups they attended, which led to James and Ben having success as TV extras including locally filmed Doctors, and all have extensive experience in performing in professional shows on stage at Birmingham Hippodrome. They wanted to see that others from Castle Vale with talent and potential could have access to the stage and screen and approached The Butterfly Effect we an idea that has seen the creation of Wings that they have lots of future growth for.

The Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing award is for a person, team or group that should be recognised for their participation in or leading of any sports, fitness or wellbeing activity. The Nominees are:

  1. Castle Vale Couch to 5K Group 
    _DSC4329The Couch to 5k group was set up earlier this year by the Neighbourhood Partnership Board to encourage residents to get involved in physical activity. A group of approximately 20 local residents signed up for the programme and have been taking part in 2 sessions per week to learn to run 5k in 9 weeks! Many of the members have not run before and have varying level of fitness but have felt comfortable to take part, as the trainer, staff and other members are very supportive. The group recently took part in 5k Vale Challenge where they demonstrated excellent teamwork and determination. It has been great to see the development and of such a diverse group that has worked really well together. I have had the pleasure of being part of this group and the journey, which has been nothing short of amazing evidenced by the camaraderie seen at the 5k run at the Vale Challenge day. The group is now working on a 5km – 10km training programme and I have no doubt that the support they give each other will see them succeed.
  2. Castle Vale Town FC
    castle vale town fcCastle Vale Town is a community football club for children and young people in Castle Vale. Local residents give up their time to support the club by refereeing, coaching, managing the club, coordinating and administering the teams, sourcing sponsorship etc. By giving up their time, the volunteers are encouraging young people to be physically active and build positive relationships with their peers. The parents hugely value the time that everyone puts in and this is a great way to recognise the contributions and say thank you.
  3. Colin Stokes
    Colin Stokes IMG_0486Colin started to help the local Under 10’s football team last season, then became part of the club and began training/coaching the team. Last year it was all-new to the team and Colin took them under his wing to get them ready for playing against other teams. They have had ups and downs but Colin stood with them, giving time on weekdays and weekends to train them. The group managed to get sponsors, held raffles to raise funds to buy them their tracksuits, and subs were collected which helped to then have beautiful trophies at the end of the season. Colin was on the ball with it all. The bag packing at B&M raised just under £600, which brought more goodies for the lads. He also organised more football at a futsal event which lead to more training at matches. All this time and effort has been seen by the parents of the team members, who have been hugely grateful and I know a lot would thank him this way. I know all the coaches do a fab job at every training session but Colin has done more then just help, he’s helped some of these kids stay focused, stay concentrated and keep them from walking the streets.
  4. Kick Start Academy
    248The Kickstart Academy have given my children many opportunities to try new things and get fit in a fun way every holiday they attend and they just thrive off what Tony and his team provide. My daughter who was once shy and quiet with no confidence, for the last 4 years has grown through encouragement to try new sports and thanks to Tony and his team she now dances competitively, attends gymnastics and aerial skills, swims and will take part in football and multi sports! My little boy who Autism, has been guided to take part in sports and staff have adapted activities where they have needed to so that he could join in. In addition they have educated children on the importance of health and well being, while providing first class childcare within the area. KSA are a credit and I have to give a big thank you to them for showing my children that health well being and exercise is fun and changed both my kids way of life. Despite all the struggles KSA have faced including the fire and having to move facilities, the passion, standard of care, and the drive to get the kids moving hasn’t been lost.
  5. Lee Crofts
    _DSC4356Lee has signed up to the Birmingham Fun Run in October to raise funds for John Taylor Hospice. He joined the Couch to 5k beginners running club to start his fitness campaign and brought along some young people to also get them active. Over the last two months Lee has worked really hard in preparation for the run. He took part in the Vale Challenge doing the swimming and 5k run challenge. He has changed his eating habits and is becoming more and more healthier as the weeks go by. Lee has committed to doing something special by raising funds for a brilliant cause and at the same time is changing his lifestyle and encouraging others around him to do the same.

The Unsung Hero Award is an open category where you can nominate any one or group that you think should be recognised for actions over the last 18 months that have largely been unnoticed or not celebrated enough.

Come back to see who has been shortlisted after the next voting round closes 25th September.

 

Remember that you can vote online by following this link here or by completing the paper copy and taking to the voting boxes at The Sanctuary, CVCHA or Greenwood Academy.  Forms can be found by the voting boxes or if you want to download and print the paper copy yourself you can here Castle Vale Community Awards Nominations

 

For all the full details and Terms and Conditions visit the main Community Awards 2015 page.

 

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