Community heroes get awarded for their efforts

Councillor Margaret Smith, Leader of South Ribble Council, is pictured centre with award winners Brian Whaite from Inside Out, Jo Wood of APC Overnight, Helen Connolly, and Nigel Stewart.
Councillor Margaret Smith, Leader of South Ribble Council, is pictured centre with award winners Brian Whaite from Inside Out, Jo Wood of APC Overnight, Helen Connolly, and Nigel Stewart.

South Ribble’s community heroes were celebrated at a special ceremony last week.

The inaugural South Ribble Awards turned the spotlight on some of the inspirational people and organisations doing fantastic work.

Organised by South Ribble Partnership, the award winners were announced at South Ribble’s Big Do, a community-wide networking event attended by businesses, public sector organisations and voluntary, community and faith groups from across the borough, held at the Civic Centre in Leyland.

The awards were presented by Coun Margaret Smith, Leader of South Ribble Council and Vice Chair of South Ribble Partnership.

WINNERS

Special Achievement Award: Nigel Stewart, Penwortham

Nigel’s enthusiasm, vision and community spirit enabled an idea to bring live music and creative entertainment to South Ribble and grow into the most successful event of its kind the borough has seen.

The first Leyland Live event took place as part of the 2012 Leyland Festival.

It attracted thousands of people into participating shops, cafes, restaurants

and pubs to listen to the best talent from right across the area.

More recently, Penwortham Live took the concept to new levels of success with a hugely popular event across the town in April.

Business for Community Award: APC Overnight

APC Overnight has played an integral part in re-establishing the much-loved Leyland Festival and has committed time and resources to help the festival go from strength to strength.

Using personal and business contacts, the team has worked tirelessly to promote it, attract new activities and entertainment, and secure additional sponsorship.

Community Impact Award: Longton Community Church – Inside Out project

Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, Inside Out supports people at the most difficult time of their lives, often when they are at crisis point.

They give a practical helping hand to get people back on their feet and support to rebuild their lives and move on.

Some of the support given includes garden renovations, home refurbishments and providing essential furniture and white goods.

Volunteer of the Year (under 18s): Joseph Holding, Leyland

Joseph impressed the judging panel with his enthusiastic commitment to volunteering.

He is a student Ambassador and Volunteering Champion at Runshaw College, promoting volunteering to other students and getting involved in volunteering events.

He has also volunteered at the CAB as a receptionist and has recently been awarded a special certificate by Runshaw College for completing 100 hours of volunteering.

Volunteer of the Year (over 18s): Helen Connolly, Leyland

Helen has shown amazing strength and determination to support Chorley and South Ribble HomeStart charity.

Now a trustee, she started the Penguin Group from scratch as an informal get together of a few parents whose children have additional needs.

It is now a thriving support group with a weekly programme of activities and resources for families.