Community work by volunteers praised

Presentation:  Volunteers who have made a difference to their communities with the new winners of the Golden Seven scheme.
Presentation: Volunteers who have made a difference to their communities with the new winners of the Golden Seven scheme.

MORE than 120 people attended celebrations to mark the first year of a scheme to promote a range of voluntary projects in Rotherham.

Rotherfed, which represents tenants and residents in the town, organised the Golden Seven scheme, which promotes efforts to improve local communities.

Steve Ruffle, of Rotherfed, said: “Some of the excellent voluntary work undertaken during the project’s first year was highlighted and golden envelopes passed to new areas for the second year.”

The presentation at the Springwell centre was attended by councillors and Rotherham MP Denis MacShane.

Mr Ruffle said: “The highlight of the evening was the numerous reports from volunteers on the work done in local communities.”

They included:

n David Taylor, from South Rotherham ward, explaining how volunteers are learning British Sign Language to enable effective communication with the deaf community.

n Andrew Kay, from Rotherham North, talking about efforts to use food from different cultures to bring people together.

n John Jordan and Ida Atkins speaking about their group’s work to create accessible walks and trails in Rother Valley South.

n James Morgan, from Rother Valley West, giving a presentation about work being done to develop a secret garden project in Aston.

n Ann Harwood, from Wentworth North, showing photos of a picnic for the elderly in Thrybergh Country Park.

n Ann Hitchens and Sithule Moyo, of Wentworth South volunteers, speaking about the different ways they had supported the homeless.

n Young people from Wentworth Valley joining Pauline Heaps and Jayne Holbrook on stage to describe how their involvement had made a big difference to communities in Flanderwell and Chinatown, in Maltby.

The Golden Seven scheme will continue with seven new projects in the coming year.