The winners have been announced in this year's Tenants' Choice Awards - the event that pays tribute to the outstanding work carried out by tenants in support of their local communities.
Six awards were handed out to local people and community groups who have made a positive difference by supporting others over the past 12 months during the coronavirus pandemic. In total, more than 1,800 votes were cast to pick the winners in this year’s awards, which shows the great appreciation that people feel for the support provided by these local heroes.
Dave Richmond, Chief Executive at St Leger Homes, said:
“I’m proud that we have been able to honour these tenants who have continued to work so hard to help and support their neighbours through this difficult last year.
“Congratulations to all of our Tenants’ Choice Awards winners, and to the many nominees who have also dedicated so much of their time and energy to make a difference in our communities.”
This year’s Tenants’ Choice Awards winners are:
The Tenant of the Year award was won by Janet Atkinson. Janet has been a member of Barnby Dun TARA for many years and during the pandemic she took a leading role in supporting people in the local community. She stopped at nothing to make sure everyone received the help they needed – from coordinating food deliveries, to checking in with residents daily by telephone to see if there was anything they wanted. Her regular contact with people helped to reduce the social isolation many had been feeling.
The Young Person of the Year award was won by Samuel Finn. Samuel is an incredible young person who is a volunteer with St Leger Homes; part of the Doncaster Youth Council; and a member of The Scout Association. He has a real passion to get involved and make a difference in his local community.
The Community Champion award was won by Joanne Wood. Joanne helped people during the pandemic by delivering over 4,000 food parcels and collecting food donations from local supermarkets on a weekly basis to deliver to communities. She will always make time for people and go that one step further to help residents in need – even completing a sponsored bike ride from Balby to Cleethorpes to raise £500 for the local community support hub.
The Community Group award was won by Barnby Dun TARA. This group support the community with a range of activities. Before the coronavirus pandemic they held coffee afternoons, special Easter and Christmas events, lunch clubs, and craft and dance sessions. During the pandemic they helped to keep people going by staying in touch with them to reduce social isolation and support one another through difficult times. They organised food parcels and made sure that everyone had deliveries from the local shops.
The Best Green Initiative award was won by Balby and Hexthorpe Community Interest Company. The group have many projects to help the local environment including a weekly litter pick in Balby and Hexthorpe, and have been creating a wild flower bed to encourage bees and other insects. During the lockdown they helped volunteers increase their daily exercise by carrying out daily walks in the estate to get rubbish removed, collecting over 400 bin bags of rubbish during the pandemic.
The Community Project award was also won by Balby and Hexthorpe Community Interest Company. Over the last year the group have supported the community by sending out over 10,000 food parcels; helping over 6,000 residents on a weekly basis; delivering prescriptions; and creating a ‘free from’ food parcel range for people with specific dietary requirements. The team started a period poverty support hub which each week helped up to 50 young women who were struggling to buy sanitary products.
Photo caption (l-r): Tenants’ Choice Awards winners Janet Atkinson, Margaret Angus, Joanne Wood, Shaun Kessell and Samuel Finn, with Cllr Tracey Moran and Dave Richmond (Chief Executive of St Leger Homes)