Published On: Thu, Sep 6th, 2012
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Community heroes step into the spotlight

GOOD neighbours who help boost local community spirit have been honoured at an awards ceremony hosted by Wellingborough Homes.

Tenants who go the extra mile to help others and improve their neighbourhood received a Community Hero award at the presentation event recently.

Sixteen people received awards and another 12 members of Wellingborough Homes’ Tenant Advisory Panel – which monitors services and gives resident feedback – were presented with certificates of appreciation for their work and commitment.

A total of 35 Wellingborough Homes tenants and staff attended the event – now in its fifth year – at The Castle Theatre in the town.

Celebrations included magic tricks performed by award-winning magician and Wellingborough Homes tenant Douglas Maddy, followed by afternoon tea.

Community Hero awards went to Cathy Mulholland, Caroline Smy, Trish Harding, Jean Ison, Haydn Lewis, Carol Decker, Alex Bernard, Amelia Hawkes, Richard and Valerie Siddons, Tony Young, George McMillan, Angela Melluisha, Ray Painter, Angie Jackson and Levi Allen.

They were praised for a variety of different contributions to their local community, from helping to tackle anti-social behaviour to encouraging fellow tenants to develop their skills by enrolling on IT courses.

Levi Allen, aged 17, worked with a friend, 14-year-old Megan Hunt, to create a communal garden area on their estate.

He said: “We just wanted to do something a bit different and do something that would be good for young people in the area. I was surprised, but pleased, to get the award.”

Tony Young, along with four other volunteers, was recognised for his work in maintaining and planting up gardens at Hollowell Court, including growing vegetables for tenants.

He said: “It was lovely to get the award – it is always nice to know that what you do is appreciated.”

Elly Simms, community manager at Wellingborough Homes, said: “The awards are our way of saying thank-you to the people who make such a difference in our communities.

“They help build community spirit and, by their actions, encourage others to play an active part in their neighbourhoods.”

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