Around 200 people joined together at the Communities Who Can Annual Awards night on October 14 to celebrate the work of local groups and volunteers.
The event was opened by the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Jim Dodds, who paid tribute to the energy and passion of the tenant and resident associations and community groups who come under the banner of Communities Who Can. This was the first year the Awards were held under the branding of Communities Who Can, the new name for Kirklees Federation of Tenants & Residents Association (KFTRA).
The CWC Community Award was presented to PC Caroline Newsome, Blagden Farm TRA and Newsome High School for their intergenerational project which improves Newsome’s environment by tidying up and planting colourful flowers and helps young and old to work together in harmony. The group also took the Photography Award for their picture of the TRA and youngsters carrying out an estate clean up.
The Cliff Whiteley Award went to Derrick Cockburn for his inspirational work in Walpole offering sports activities to young people.
The Intergenerational & Diversity Award went to the youngsters from the Colne Valley Skatepark, who have come together to form a Marsden-wide youth group and who are fundraising to provide their own disabled-friendly skatepark.
The Awards were held in partnership with KNH who sponsored two awards:
The KNH Award for a Community Volunteer went to Mel Spencer of Honley for going the extra mile in his mentoring and befriending activities.
The KNH Partnership Award went to Paddock Community Trust for helping to train digital champions.
Local businesses also provided sponsorship and the venue, Thornhill Edge WMC donated their premises for free.
Sadly CWC chair, Cora Carter MBE, was too unwell to take part on the evening but sent along her own message care of fieldworker, Maxine Edwards, who has known Cora all her life.
Cora is one of KFTRA’s founding members and wanted to remind the audience of the organisation’s campaigning past. She asked those gathered to remember that they had to continue to fight to safeguard affordable social housing not only for their children but for their grandchildren.