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.