Local unsung heroes recognised in the Mayor's Awards
At a special afternoon tea reception hosted by the Mayor at Parkside on 25 April 2018, local volunteers from across the Borough were publicly recognised for their contributions to the community. The formal presentation of the awards took place during the Full Council meeting which followed and was witnessed by the worthy winners' family, friends and nominators.
In presenting these awards, the Mayor, Councillor Tejpal Bains said: "Through the publicity attached to giving out these awards, I hope that it encourages others to take up the challenge of being caring individuals and doing that little bit extra to make them stand out and possibly be nominated for these Awards in future years."
The list of winners are:
Awards of Merit:
Melton Community First Responders
Medical Emergency Volunteers
- Unpaid volunteers respond to medical emergencies on behalf of East Midlands Ambulance Service providing help and reassurance to the patient, their family and friends;
- Attends thousands of incidents in a year, providing a very valuable and appreciated service to the community;
- Between a group of 11 responders in the Melton area, they have contributed over 17,000 hours of unpaid service in the previous year.
The Mayor with Melton's Community First Responders
Chair, Melton Mowbray Parkinsons Support Group
- Organiser of the local support group for those suffering with Parkinsons disease and their carers
- Arranges the monthly meetings, guest speakers and outings for group members and their carers;
- Provides unstinting support and goes out of her way to reassure members
- The group meetings are a source of advice where members can gain knowledge and benefit from companionship
- Is an inspiration to others as she also suffers from Parkinsons
- Organises fund raising activities which go towards supporting the Group and research into the disease.
Christine Radford receives her award.
Chair of Melton & District Indoor Bowls Club
- During 30 years of voluntary service, he has ran various committees, and overseen hundreds of local people joining the club to enjoy the sport and visit the facilities he has helped to create;
- The membership of the Club is currently 670 and the facilities have provided people with an opportunity to participate in the sport, enjoy the benefits of socialising and making friends;
- Has made a significant contribution to the community and raised the profile of the Melton through its association with the facilities.
David Brown receives his award
Melton Borough Award
Chair of Frisby, Hoby and Rotherby Cricket Club
- Manages the Club, volunteering 40 hours a week to manage and promote community participation in the sport locally, along with the maintenance around the cricket ground;
- Has been involved with the Club for 38 years and has ensured that the Club's facilities are also used for various community activities. His dedication and commitment has significantly contributed to the Club being very much part of the regular social scene in the villages which has grown the community spirit, bringing people together;
- Has created an infrastructure to enable participation of 50 young people each year in the sport, along with 40 adults, creating a legacy that has enabled them to keep fit both physically and mentally;
- Over the years has raised £200,000 to keep the cricket club and facilities running;
- Has used the club and its facilities to welcome new people into the villages and encourage young people to take up the sport.
Mr Swann receiving his award from his ward Councillor Edward Hutchison on behalf of the Mayor.
Young Citizen Awards
Venue Volunteer & Coach to Under 12's Rugby Team
- Volunteers every Thursday at Venue at Melton Learning Hub with the younger age group with whom he has a great rapport and as a result of which he has been asked to be a peer mentor for other students;
- Assists the coaches on the Under 12's rugby team at Melton Mowbray Rugby Football Club which involves an hour training session on Thursday as well as every Sunday during the season for training or matches;
- Is about to undertake a course to become a referee for the team
- Is a committed young person with excellent communications skills and sets an example by being hard working, reliable, motivated, kind and caring. Other young people relate to him as his style of coaching is patient, encouraging and fun.
David Burrows receives his award
Sport coaching volunteer
- Provides sports coaching, some paid but majority unpaid, to children from the ages of 3 years upwards to teenagers as well as those with special needs;
- Is committed to encouraging as many children as possible whatever their age or ability to be involved with sport, especially girls through the #thisgirlcan campaign;
- Is motivated by a desire to give back to her sport (tennis) what she herself has got out of it;
- Her achievements include: planning and delivered lessons in tennis for her PE teacher; undertaken work experience at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London which included working with the National Deaf team, volunteering for the National School Sports Finals at Loughborough University assisting the Wheelchair Tennis team both at this event and the Wheelchair Tennis Masters finals, trains at Grantham tennis club where she is part of junior and adult mixed teams and has coached a master class alongside Boris Becker and Andrew Castle;
- Sets an example to other young people with her positive attitude and her ability to communicate with all ages.
The Mayor with Libby Duncan
Youth Leader for Asfordby Hill Community Group Youth Club
Has been a member of the Youth Club since its opening 4 and a half years ago and recently became a youth leader for the early session;
- Helps and interacts with the 6-11 year old children and has organised an "Asfordby Hill's Got Talent" show involving the children;
- Organises indoor and outdoor activities, including 'get to know you' games and arts activities which help the children socialise, settle in and make friends
- Spends her own time organising and resourcing activity ideas for the children whilst at the youth club;
- Sets an example to others by her hard work and commitment to helping others.
The Mayor with Leah Wainman
Student at Birch Wood Special School
- Has represented Great Britain by competing in the Special Olympics in horse riding;
- Is an inspiration to others with special needs and is a role model to her peers;
The Mayor with Ellie Hull
Melton Vale Interact Group
Student Volunteers, Melton Vale Post 16 Centre
- Have organised and run fund raising events for a Leicestershire & Rutland based charity, Hope Cancer which has also raised awareness of the charity's work;
- Volunteered their time to benefit a worthwhile local cause
- Involved the Centre's 400 students and staff to support their fund raising.
The Mayor with Melton Vale Interact Group
The 'Robert Hyslop Citizen of the Year Award' to the most outstanding of the Award of Merit nominations
Melton Community First Responders
The Derek Sanders Cup to the outstanding Young Citizen nomination
Mayor's Special Award:
1279 Squadron (Melton Mowbray) Air Training Corps
Awarded in recognition of:
- the distinguished service the 1279 Squadron has given to the community since it was officially formed in 1941
- the benefits it brings to the young people of Melton Mowbray and surrounding area by offering the full Cadet experience so they can build upon their confidence, skills, and achievements to equip them in later life
- the support it has given to the Mayor of the Borough of Melton through the Mayor's Cadet
The Mayor with 1279 Sqn ATC