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Tenants' Choice Awards 2017

Tenants' Choice Awards 2017

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Time to celebrate YOU, our wonderful tenants

Once again, we have been looking for the individuals and community groups in Doncaster who, during the past 12 months, have shown themselves to be kind, caring and neighbourly, having gone beyond what might normally be expected to make our town a pleasant place to live.

The excellent news is that we had more than double the number of nominations received last year.  Clearly, we have some exceptional people in our community.

This year we had an additional category – the Lifetime Achievement award – so the number which finally went to the shortlist panel was increased to 68.

The finalists in each category were selected by Steve Waddington, Director of Housing Services, and Rodger Haldenby, Vice Chair of our Board. 

The winners will be announced on social media in September and in HouseProud in October.

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Time to celebrate YOU, our wonderful tenants

Once again, we have been looking for the individuals and community groups in Doncaster who, during the past 12 months, have shown themselves to be kind, caring and neighbourly, having gone beyond what might normally be expected to make our town a pleasant place to live.

The excellent news is that we had more than double the number of nominations received last year.  Clearly, we have some exceptional people in our community.

This year we had an additional category – the Lifetime Achievement award – so the number which finally went to the shortlist panel was increased to 68.

The finalists in each category were selected by Steve Waddington, Director of Housing Services, and Rodger Haldenby, Vice Chair of our Board. 


Click here to vote

The winners will be announced on social media in September and in HouseProud in October.

Community Champion

Jeff Brown nominated by Michaela Etherington

Jeff has been blind for many years and so uses a specialist computer programme. He hands on his skills to other people with a visual impairment as a volunteer trainer with the Partially Sighted Society, opening up the world of computers to those who might otherwise be isolated by their disability. Through his volunteer work, he restores their confidence, understands their problems and works at their pace. 

Vinny Cowling nominated by Christine Thatcher

Vinny is a very active member of the community-based Bumping Space where he supports all tenants and residents, both at meetings and in their day-to-day lives. Vinny has had mental health problems and knows first-hand the isolation and loneliness that can bring. He is keen to encourage everyone to recognise their true worth reach their full potential. 

Glenys and Mick Hennessy nominated by Tom Cunningham

Glenys and Mick were the prime movers behind the establishment of Thorne Moorends Foodbank and since that time both have worked tirelessly to ensure that it is a success and that it is awarded charitable status. Glenys supports all the volunteers while Mick collects from food donors and delivers the food parcels to those in need. The area would be a poorer place without them.

Samantha Smith nominated by Jo Bartle

As a traveller, Samantha has stepped outside her community to encourage her fellow travellers to attend health and education sessions provided by DMBC and to urge their children to attend school. Her community was initially unwilling to engage in any of these processes but she has encouraged them to use the help and support available while always being mindful of their culture.


Good Neighbour

Mick Bailey nominated by Wendy Addiss and Pat Noonan of the Bawtry Ladies Group

From the day he moved into our small estate, Mick has helped everyone in the area, despite caring for his wife. He always puts the needs of others before his own. He has given many of us his telephone number in case we need assistance. He ferries people to hospital and doctors appointments, does food shopping for the housebound and keeps their gardens neat and tidy.

Doreen Noble nominated by Audrey Dunn (no contact details)

Doreen is a really good neighbour. She calls in most days to see her neighbours – many of whom are very elderly. She helps with our medication and makes sure we are alright. She also helps with our gardens. We used to look out on to bare earth but, thanks to her hard work, we have pretty gardens to look at with many plants donated by Doreen.

Jessica Warren nominated by Sue Redfern

Jess is a real gem in our community. She has taken it upon herself to report anti-social behaviour and has played a big part in making this area a nicer place to live. She has also taken one vulnerable neighbour under her wing. He was previously homeless. She makes sure he is alright and that he has a good meal to look forward to everyday.

 

Young Person of the Year under 25

Sasha Allott nominated by Heather Saunders

Junior TARA member, Sasha radiates enthusiasm and energy coupled with an empathy beyond her years. She can always be relied upon to undertake any task and, despite her youth, her leadership skills shine through. She is very adaptable and works well with all age groups.

Gemma Lowe nominated by Stacey Lynn

Gemma was instrumental in establishing the Young Person’s Engagement Board and is volunteer with Doncaster Housing for Young People. She is also actively engaged in the Active Citizens’ programme. She understands the importance of engaging with young people and would do anything for anyone.

Rebecca Mason nominated by Heather Saunders

Rebecca is a very conscientious member of the junior TARA. She can always be relied upon to help in whatever way she can. She is always smiling and is willing to give up her free time to encourage others and ensure the group works efficiently. 


Community Group of the Year

Craganour TARA nominated by Heather Saunders

This group is at the heart of its community. It has worked ceaselessly to improve the opportunities for all tenants and residents. They run art and craft classes, sewing and knitting lessons, bingo sessions and provide fresh cooked meals,  and afternoon tea at various times during the week. They also host advice sessions with various agencies. Through Craganour people have been inspired to do more with their lives.

Doncaster Cancer Support Group nominated by Dawn Dowling and Sarah Mayer

This group was founded by Marie Caygill who lost her battle with cancer last year.  It is run by volunteers who organise fundraising events and give free advice and guidance to cancer sufferers, their families and friends. Cancer sufferers no longer need to search for the right services; this group houses all agencies under one roof. It has made a real difference to the lives of many.

Friends of Martinwells Lake nominated by Edlington Community Organisation

This group was founded in 2009 after two young boys were attacked in the area. The aim was to create a welcoming safe place where people could walk, cycle, fish and enjoy the wildlife. Volunteers worked tirelessly to clear the area and create paths and walkways which are now patrolled regularly to ensure the site is respected. The group has made a big difference to the health and well-being of the area.


Lifetime Achievement

John Berriman nominated by Trudy Collingwood

John has made a huge contribution over many years to the village where he has lived all his life. He is a member of the gardening club, chairman of the Old School community hall and of the Parish Council. He is also involved in the Scouts, the Cricket Club and the Park Rangers. He is prepared to do anything from watering plants to editing the parish magazine.

Annie Farrand nominated by Tom Cunningham

Despite her own ill-health, Annie is a trustee of Moorends Miners’ Welfare and Development Centre, working tirelessly for the community which she has been part of all her life. She is involved in all the activities and events at the centre, helping with clubs for young and not so young , showing passion, commitment and enthusiasm for every aspect of community life.

Tom Haslam nominated by Tom Cunningham

For almost 20 years, Tom has helped everyone on his estate, giving advice and support, visiting neighbours regularly and assisting with shopping and the like. His involvement with the community has improved the quality of life for everyone. He is the first point of contact for many tenants. If anyone deserves recognition for a lifetime of achievement it is Tommy.

Awards

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White Rose Way
Doncaster
DN4 5ND
Tel: 01302 862862
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