The second ever Splott, Tremorfa and Adamsdown Local Heroes Awards took place at STAR Leisure Centre, Splott Road on Friday December 10th.
The event was organised in partnership with Splott & Adamsdown Communities First, Roath Neighbourhood Management Team, Police, STAR Leisure Centre, East Moors Youth Club & Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Splott Play Centre and Willows High School.
Local Heroes were nominated in the following categories-
Health and Wellbeing
Education and Training
Active community - Children, Youth, Adult Heroes (3 winners)
Crime and Strengthening Communities
Congratulations to all the winners for their unerring commitment to the community!
The winners in full below
Active Community: Adults
Family Fun in Tremorfa - They are a really great group who after constituting themselves are working hard to develop provision for under fives. They meet regularly and are planning regular sessions. They have developed a really good support network for parents and are continuing to develop themselves.
Active Community: Young People
HYPE Group - They are extremely committed to bettering the community they live in, not only their school but the local area too. The way they are developing ideas for regenerating their school is really inspiring. They are committed to making change and are encouraging others to think like this. The work they are doing on the ‘rangle (an unused quadrangle space), making it better for all who use the school is brilliant. Hype stands for Helping Young People Everyday.
Active Community: Children
South Splott Eco Group - The club was set up 4 years ago encouraging the younger members of the community to participate in activities such as litter pickups, bulb planting and painting over graffiti. They are an enthusiastic and very active group who are a credit to their community often helping out neighbours by running errands and dog walking for those who are less able.
Crime and Strengthening Communities
David Simpson - He moved to the area a year ago and has set up a Neighbourhood watch, he hand delivered leaflets in the pouring rain and also introduced himself to people and let them know what he was about. The response he had was exceptional and he was often told that this was the one thing that the community would need to bring people together to feel safe.
He always has time for people and is always looking for ways to improve people’s confidence, as most neighbours were too afraid to talk to each other let alone report incidents to the police through fear that things might escalade and may results in more crime against them.
He would be most embarrassed to know that he has been nominated, as he helps people because he has such a good nature. He considers it to be 'something you just do' and people deserve the utmost respect.
Adamsdown Environmental Action Group - This group of local volunteers have given so many hours of their time for free to instigate and manage a huge variety of environmental projects in Adamsdown. Among the projects are the Community Garden on Moira Terrace, the redeveloped Art-y-Park site at Anderson Fields and the creation of a green map for the area. From fundraising to practical volunteering the group is awesome; and having recently become constituted the group is going from strength to strength.
Health & Wellbeing
June Johnson and Nigel Hazelden - the work they have been doing with the advice at the Time Out Cafe is really great for the community. They have given a lot of support to numerous people who have few other places to turn. Their ongoing work with training in the local area and the prison is also brilliant!
Adamsdown Homework Club – this is a team of about 12 volunteers who attend Homework Club twice a week to support children & young people in Adamsdown with their homework, with help from student tutors provided by Cardiff University. As well as helping with homework they find materials and resources for additional learning and contribute to the general running of the club. The commitment and enthusiasm show by the volunteers is amazing along with the diversity which includes people from different ethnic backgrounds and walks of life.
Oustanding AchievmentCanon Roy Doxsey and Rob Parr - Former Chair and Vice Chair of the Adamsdown Community Forum both have given long and loyal service and shown neverending commitment to the Adamsdown Community Project for almost 10 years. Without them and their leadership there would not be the vibrant project we see today.
Canon Roy has been involved in many projects improving the environment, working with the schools and different faith groups to bring all sections of the community together as one. His campaigning and leadership are inspirational!
Rob has been solid and dependable throughout assisting with consultations, work plans and community events. Committed to community safety issues and former chairman of PACT meetings which I am sure will continue into the future.