Organisers of the 16th Annual Community Achievement Awards — celebrating the work of Rotherham’s Voluntary and Community sector — have shortlisted nine nominees across three categories for this year’s ceremony. The nominees in the categories of ‘Project’, ‘Volunteer’ and ‘Young Volunteer’ are:
- Lighthouse Sunday Night Café was started 20 years ago and every Sunday evening at the Lighthouse in Rotherham town centre a different church provides a cooked meal for 30 to 50 people.
- Mature Millers Association is a group for over 50s who are looking for a way of staying active and continuing their passion for football.
- Sense Centre at Coleridge Road provides unique opportunities for people living with complex disabilities including access to activities, training and making friends.
- Ann Barrowcliffe has been volunteering for Victim Support for almost 20 years, supporting victims of crime, mentoring new volunteers and offering support in the office two days each week.
- Chris Badger and Janet Collinson contribute in excess of 50 hours of their time each week at Lifewise, meeting and greeting schoolchildren and participating in hard hitting role-play around knife and hate crime.
- Sandra Brockley MBE has been volunteering for nearly 30 years and is now using her experiences as a carer to support others living with dementia and their carers at dementia cafes.
- Alana Habergham-Rice set up her first fundraising cake stall when she was six years old and has since gone on to found Alana’s Caring Cakes which delivers surprise cakes to individuals in her community.
- Toni Paxford uses her own experiences to support young people with hidden illnesses and has campaigned on a diverse range of issues affecting young people both regionally and nationally.
- Kion Leeson Beavers plays an active role at Rotherham Sight and Sound despite his own health issues to become a role model to not only other young people with sensory impairments, but to many older clients too.
This year’s judges who are scrutinising and assessing the entries are Michael Holmes and Kellie Rodgers, Rotherham Together Partnership; Andrew Mosley, Editor at Rotherham Advertiser; and Adrian Dexter, Senior Pastor at Liberty Church. The winner of each category will be announced on Friday 22nd November at the annual awards ceremony at the Carlton Park Hotel.