Community Champion Award 2016
We are pleased to announce this year's Community Champion Award winners. Now in its eighth year, the Community Champion recognises the spirit of individuals and community groups who work on a voluntary basis to make their community cleaner, safer and greener.
Harry Stevens (individual category)
Seven-year-old Harry is our youngest winner in this category. Since the age of three, Harry has been passionate about recycling. He raises awareness on the importance of recycling to his neighbours by showing them what can and can not be recycled in the bins, and he even reminds his neighbours of their bin collection days. Now that he is older he wheels out his neighbours’ bins, makes tea for the collection crew, picks up any litter on his street to keep it clean and safe and helps an elderly neighbour who struggles to put out her bins. Harry's neighbours can count on him to put out their bins, even when they’re on holiday, and with him around no one misses a collection on his street. Harry’s enthusiasm for recycling and his kind nature have created a neighbourly community spirit. Harry said: “I am happy to receive this award. I love recycling and helping the environment. I enjoy helping people in my community. Everybody keep recycling!”
Boho Boxmoor - Friends of Boxmoor (group category)
Boho Boxmoor Group Winner 2016: Boho Boxmoor is a community Facebook page that has breathed new life into the group over the past two years. The main aim of the group is to keep Boxmoor clean, safe and green by carrying out various activities to involve all sectors of the community. They have successfully organised litter picks, created a Boxmoor in Bloom campaign, in which they gave out 600 sunflower seeds to local schools for a sunflower competition, and organised a hanging basket competition for local residents and businesses. They are also organising a community gardening event to spruce up flowerbeds and alleyways, and working with schools on creating a dog fouling poster. This is a dynamic group with diverse ideas to keep their community engaged in civic pride activities. Karen Kang, Boho Boxmoor volunteer, said: “We are delighted that we have been recognised for our contribution to the community and we would like to thank the local businesses and residents for their support. We are looking forward to working on more exciting projects in the near future.”
Vivienne Silk (individual category)
Vivienne lives in a sheltered accommodation scheme and her kind and motivating nature has made her a highly valid member who brings cheer and joy to the lives of those who are isolated. She lends a helping hand to her neighbours by shopping on their behalf, spruces up their gardens (for over two years) to bring colour and vibrancy, as well organising activities such as bingo several times a week and raising money for charity. She gives her time to residents who are unable to participate in the events.
Sandra Jackson (individual category)
Sandra has shown real drive and leadership by devoting her time and energy to Neighbourhood Watch for several years to make the community safe. She holds many positions, such as Street Co-ordinator in Coniston Road, Ward Co-ordinator in Kings Langley, Dacorum District Co-ordinator and Chair of the Dacorum Neighbourhood Watch Association. Her endless meetings with the local police, Herts Watch and the local MP have contributed to the reputation of Dacorum as being a safe and low-crime area.
Boxmoor Trust Conservation Volunteers (group category)
The conservation volunteers carry out various regular tasks around the estate, including the planting of new hedgerows, hedge laying, maintenance of footpaths, the clearance of rubbish, the planting of vegetation to attract and encourage new species, plus many other tasks. The group's passion for all things conservation means that the public can have free guided tours on some of the projects that they are working on - for example, Gadesprings. Their activities improve the environment and make the Boxmoor Trust land inviting for the public, as well as attracting wildlife species.
Friends of Gadebridge Park (group category)
The group formed in autumn 2012 and now has 130 members. They carry out an array of activities to improve the environmental quality of the park for the Dacorum community, such as litter picks, cleaning the white bridge, bulb planting and working in partnership with the Environment Agency to improve river channel management. The work that Friends of Gadebridge Park have so far accomplished has made the park an inviting and attractive feature of the town for all to enjoy socially and environmentally.
Who won the award in previous years? Read about our Community Champion Award shining stars on our previous award winners page.