HEREFORD CITY COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Nominate a community group within the City of Hereford that deserves recognition for a project they have delivered within your community.
The aim of the awards is:
- To recognise community groups within the City of Hereford for a specific project they have delivered within their area.
- To show others within the community what can be achieved.
- To celebrate those who have made a real difference within the community where they live.
- To promote the City Council’s Community Funding Scheme and other help and support that is available to groups within the City to make things happen.
- To publicly recognise Community Groups and what they have achieved.
- To provide an ideal venue and platform to enable groups to network and swop ideas and learn from each other.
- To encourage Members of the community to attend the Annual Parish Meeting
The awards are not just about groups Hereford City Council has awarded funding to, it’s about all the community and volunteer groups within the City of Hereford, who deliver projects and events to improve the lives of others and the environment within the City of Hereford. The Hereford City Community Group Achievement Award is designed to raise the profile of these groups and recognise the valuable work they do within their communities.
Whilst there are well recognised community groups who are making a huge difference within the areas they live enabling better facilities for the community to use, improving the environment, improving community spirit and pride and the capacity for local communities to engage in physical activity, there are many other groups who work quietly in the background that we are not aware of and a submitted nomination will bring recognition for the work they do.
Sometimes it is hard for a community group to know where to start with a large project which the community have shown they clearly want. The awards evening is an opportunity to network with other groups and find out how they went forward with a specific project that another group is about to embark on, learn from good examples and possible pitfalls and share ideas. It is also an opportunity to find out about funding opportunities and community support that is available from different organisations, both locally and nationally.
Hereford City Council developed this initiative and engaged with some very valuable support partners to deliver these awards. The support partners are as follows:-
- Sunshine Radio
- Hereford in Bloom
- Hereford Times
- The project must have taken place within the City of Hereford Parish Boundaries.
- The project must be of benefit to the residents within the Parish of the City of Hereford.
- The project must also cover 1 or more of the following:
– Improving the look and feel of the city – investing in local neighbourhoods as well as the City Centre.
– Improving the cultural life of the city and the connection that people have with their heritage.
– Improving the capacity of local communities to do things for themselves – supporting local groups and investing in community facilities.
– Improving the sustainability of the City – including encouraging activities that will reduce the carbon footprint of the city.
– Enabling inclusion for hard to reach groups.
– Improved community spirit/pride.
– Improving the capacity of local communities to engage in physical activity.
To download the nomination form, please click HERE.
The deadline for nominations is 30th March 2017.
HEREFORD CITY COMMUNITY GROUP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2016
Held at the 2016 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Wednesday 11 MAY 2016
Community Groups play an important role within the City’s communities. They deliver projects to help enhance the City and the lives of the residents within and they can obtain funding for projects from outside bodies which is not available to the City Council for so many different ventures.
It is important to recognise and celebrate the great work of these groups, all of them volunteers, and to promote the work they do within the City and the projects they deliver. Without these groups the City would be a very different place.
Many thanks to the award panel for their on-going commitment to the Hereford City Community Group Achievement Awards.
HVOSS, Sunshine Radio, Hereford Times, NATWEST Bank, Asda, Tesco and Hereford in Bloom.
This year proved to be a very difficult decision with so many nominated groups all delivering such excellent projects.
In the end the winning groups were decided based on:
- Number of key objectives the project covered, of which there were 10
- The benefits to the community as a whole.
- The amount of community support and involvement to enable the delivery of the project.
The judging panel felt all the nominated groups bring considerable benefits to the local communities in their various forms and are commended for the fantastic work they do.
THE OVERALL WINNING GROUP/ FIRST PLACE
PUTSON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION who received a certificate and £1,000 towards installing braille signs within the sensory garden, a sunshine path for plants and workshops for bereaved children and their families in Hereford.
This group is truly inspiring. They have a large amount of community support, and have made a huge impact providing a community facility at Saxon Hall which is used by a diverse number of groups from within the City of Hereford. The delivery of this project was supported by many volunteers all awarding their time and resources free of charge for the benefit of the community. This project is again one that is not restricted to one element of the community and is all inclusive. With a huge volunteer force this group and their achievements really stood out. This group have turned wasteland in to something of beauty. They have created something quite different to be enjoyed by all. There is a memorial garden developed by the Hereford Veteran Support Group focusing on rehabilitation and therapy aiding physical wellbeing. There are easy access areas designed and built by the students of the Hereford Academy. There is a rose garden in memory of Anne Frank and the many children who died as a result of the war. The Royal National College for the Blind have been building beds and growing plants in the poly tunnel ready to plant in the community garden beds in the spring. There are community plots being offered to individuals who do not have access to green space. 20% of everything grown in the community beds will be donated back to the community through the food bank or the luncheon club. The sensory garden’s planting scheme is being designed and planted up through the involvement and advice from various key groups to ensure all aspects of the community can benefit from using the sensory garden.
HEREFORD RIVER CARNIVAL who received a certificate and £500 towards supporting a bigger and better River Carnival in 2017.
This group have gone from strength to strength in the two years since they started. They have gathered a huge amount of local support and commitment. They have engaged with so many different groups and organisations from within the City who have all taken part in the resurrection and delivery of an iconic Hereford event. The event is accessible to all members of the community and the benefits to the City are huge. With the delivery of workshops and engagement with many different groups across the City in the run up to the event, this group has an impact and provides benefits to the community beyond just the one day event. They have put Hereford City firmly on the map drawing people in to the City from a much wider and far reaching area to enjoy the Hereford River Carnival and the River Wye.
THE COUNTRY PARK SUPPORTERS who received a certificate and £200 towards the delivery of the Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Picnic in the Park celebration on the 11 June 2016.
This group has had a huge amount of local input and support. The group have taken ownership of a large community space, improved the local area and created a great open space for all to enjoy no matter what age or ability and encouraged greater leisure time activity. Through events this group have delivered they have been able to nurture community cohesion and pride. The work of this group even supports other groups and charities such as providing hay to a local donkey sanctuary.
WINNERS OF THE HEREFORD in BLOOM COMMUNITY OPEN SPACE PROJECT AWARD
PUTSON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION for their community garden at Saxon Hall
AWARD OF SPECIAL RECOGNITION
TUPSLEY WHITEHOUSE PROJECT
The judging panel felt this group deserved some form of special recognition. This is a community who despite all the challenges they have faced were determined not to give up. Their project is not yet finished but after several years they are now well on their way to creating the community hub that will support not only the surrounding community but also the wider community to the north of Hereford.
HEREFORD CITY COMMUNITY GROUP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2015
This year proved to be a very difficult decision to make with so many nominated groups all delivering such excellent projects.The panel deliberated over the nominations for several hours to select the winning groups. The overall decision was finally down to the diversity of the project and the number of members from the community who actually got involved to help deliver the project.
THE OVERALL WINNING GROUP –
CORE SKATE HEREFORD
Core Skate Hereford are a truly inspiring group who have a large amount of community support, and have made a huge impact providing a community facility which is used by a diverse number of groups from within the City of Hereford. The delivery of this project was supported by many volunteers all awarding their time and resources free of charge for the benefit of the community. This project is again one that is not restricted to one element of the community and is all inclusive. The group achieved a Sports England Clubmark accreditation at such an early stage and also raise money for other charities. With over 200 members and a huge volunteer force this group and their achievements really stood out.
The group are awaiting the result of a £75,000 Sport England Funding Bid with which they plan to have insulation installed, new electrics, a wooden sprung floor, wheelchair accessible doors and facilities and a fully functioning kitchen and café.
SECOND PLACE –
COUNTRY PARK SUPPORTERS
The Country Park Supporters formed up just over a year ago and the volunteers have overcome challenges faced through cuts in the delivery of services from the Unitary Authority. The group has a range of volunteers from all age groups and backgrounds, they have achieved a large amount in a short space of time and overcame the challenges their community open space was facing and took ownership of the issue.
This nomination covered every criteria for entry and these volunteers are commended for taking control. They have vastly improved the area with volunteers using their own equipment to keep the grass cut in this community open space whilst they managed to gain funding to buy mowing and other equipment and a secure store for the equipment to be kept in. They have gained funding to install benches and bin and created various community areas within this community open space that appeal to all age groups. They had a very successful Spring Open Day Community Games event and continue the litter picks. Born from the fruits of this group two further groups have recently formed; the ‘Newton Farmers and the Belmont and Haywood Angling Club.
THIRD PLACE –
THE HEREFORD SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS
The Hereford Society of Model Engineers have built an excellent facility which benefits the communities in Hereford and also brings people in from further afield. As a further enhancement of this facility the volunteers have built a training facility for junior members to learn about engineering and develop their skills. Many volunteers were involved with the delivery of this project providing vital skills and/or materials to build the unit and kit it out. Many of the junior members have received awards and recently two junior members have been placed in apprenticeships as a result of the training and encouragement they have gained. The volunteers teach and develop skills which may otherwise be lost. This group has a complete mix of age groups, from young to old, working alongside each other.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD –
WHEELED SPORTS FOR HEREFORD
The judging panel felt Wheeled Sports for Hereford should have some form of special recognition for the fantastic work they have done on a facility they have developed over a period of almost ten years. The skate park has been a place for the young people of this City to hang out and to interact with others no matter what age or background. It has provided a facility which not only benefits the City but also benefits the surrounding areas and much further afield and has put Hereford on the Map.
THE 2015 HEREFORD IN BLOOM COMMUNITY OPEN SPACE PROJECT TROPHY – For communities taking control of their open spaces and improving it for all to enjoy.
WINNERS – COUNTRY PARK SUPPORTERS
HIGHLY COMMENDED – SAXON HALL
HEREFORD CITY COMMUNITY GROUP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2014