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Celebrating Wakefield’s Finest

Published 28 October 2019

Tenants, residents and community groups were among the winners at WDH’s annual Love Where You Live Awards grand final.

The event, held at Wakefield’s Cedar Court Hotel and sponsored by Sodexo, celebrated local community heroes who make the Wakefield district a better place to live.

More than 13,000 votes were cast for this year’s outstanding contestants who have contributed to their communities in remarkable ways. Winners ranged from volunteers who use their own time to support vulnerable families in need to great neighbours who brighten up their neighbourhoods.

Angela Thomas, founder of Bag Fairies who took home the Digital in the Community Award said: “We are so overwhelmed to have won. We work hard to make sure no one has to go without and this prize money will help us do even more.”

WDH’s Chief Executive Andy Wallhead, said: “Our Love Where You Live Awards have been a bigger and better success than ever before, with a record-breaking number of votes cast for people and groups who make Wakefield a wonderful place for everyone.

“It is important that we celebrate the hard work and dedication that these people put into making their neighbourhoods friendlier, safer and even more enjoyable places to be, and we hope that the prize money they receive will help them to continue the great work that they do.”

This year’s winners were:

  • Community Group: Tiny Hands Baby Bank
  • Working with Older People: Kettlethorpe Friendship Group
  • Digital in the Community: Bag Fairies
  • Community Champion: Maureen Rishworth
  • Arts and Culture: El Dance Studios
  • Young Achiever:  Nytias Spence
  • Best Garden: Alfred Davis

The raffle held on the evening raised over £200 which will be donated to Wakefield Hospice and Prince of Wales Hospice.

Click here to view all the photos from the night!

 

 

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Love Where You Live Award winners revealed!3 October 2014

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Published 18 September 2017
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Residents in Airedale give us their views on the latest environmental works18 September 2017

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New initiative encourages young people to try sport
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New initiative encourages young people to try sport

Published 16 May 2016

Young people in the Wakefield district have the chance to get active this summer – thanks to a new community initiative with top coaches.

The TRI Sports scheme has been launched by partners including WDH and Wakefield Council.

The scheme is focused on areas of housing provided by WDH which is funding the scheme with Wakefield Council’s Community Safety Partnership.

Other partners are coaches from Wakefield Wildcats, Featherstone Rovers and Castleford Tigers.

Youth workers and community coaches are going into local communities for 12 weeks to meet young people aged 11 to 19 years old, find out activities they’d like to be involved in, and then provide the equipment and support to make it happen in local parks and other green spaces.

The scheme involves the Council’s Youth Work Team and Youth Offending Team.

Steve Rawson, WDH’s Managing Director – Operations, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative across our estates. Having helped identify suitable locations to host the events, we hope to encourage more young people to get active, try new games and enjoy themselves.”

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Chair of Wakefield’s Community Safety Partnership ,said: “This is a great chance to get involved and with the Olympics and European Cup coming this summer. It’s also a great time to be inspired have fun and get fit.  Who knows we may find a future Olympic and sports star this summer.”

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: “I’d encourage young people to get involved and try something new over the summer.”

The TRI SPORT initiative gives young people the chance to have a go at different types of activities, including frisbee, football and touch rugby.

Sessions are running throughout the summer, in Wakefield and Castleford on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 8pm and Featherstone on Friday evenings from 5pm to 8pm.

Young People in Wakefield, Castleford and Featherstone can go to WFyouth official Facebook to find out more information and request that the sports coaches and youth workers visit their area, or email youthwork@wakefield.gov.uk

 

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