COMMUNITY: Groups win awards for making a real difference

Rotherham Federation of Tenants' awards:'Sponsor's representative Bob Snashall (right) presents Jim Cobb from Hellaby Community Partnership the Gold Award for Equalities
Rotherham Federation of Tenants' awards:'Sponsor's representative Bob Snashall (right) presents Jim Cobb from Hellaby Community Partnership the Gold Award for Equalities
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COMMUNITY heroes who make a real difference to the lives of people in their neighbourhoods have had their efforts recognised.

Rotherham Federation of Tenants and Residents held its fifth annual Quality Awards ceremony to ‘honour the commitment of volunteers’.

Development manager Steve Ruffle said: “The awards not only recognise the hard work of the 38 tenants’ and residents’ associations affiliated to RotherFed, but are designed to improve quality standards by providing examples of excellence.

“They have been outstanding and they give a real insight into the fantastic work being done within the communities.”

Five gold and silver accolades were presented at the event, held at Springwell Gardens Community Centre on Eastwood View.

Associations were judged on TARA management, communication, financial control, involving the community and equalities.

Hellaby Community Group walked away with two gold awards for management and communication, and a silver for equalities.

The group has worked on successful projects such as new paths, additional dog litter bins, flower beds, village signs and a regular monthly newsletter.

Jim, who chaired Hellaby Community Group, said: “I think it is a reflection of the work we have done. It feels great.”

St Joseph’s TARA won the financial control gold award for the third year running.

Gold awards were also scooped by Chinatown TARA for involving the community and Richmond Park TARA for equalities.

A judges’ special award was presented to Greenash TARA to acknowledge its hard work and efforts, especially integrating within the community and getting both young and old involved.