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North Hertfordshire College Community Awards 2006

(3rd May 2006)

The third annual community awards took place on 27th April and were a great success once again. The awards, organised by North Hertfordshire College, were spread across nine categories designed to recognise the outstanding organisations and people within the community that go above and beyond the call of duty to help others.

The ceremony, held at North Hertfordshire College Stevenage campus, was hosted by Principal Fintan Donohue. Guests enjoyed a performance by music learners at the College before the winners were announced.


This award was sponsored by Nord Anglia Recruitment.

The Award was presented by Karen Maddox from Nord Anglia Recruitment and the winner was “The Skateboard Mentor Project”

This project is a collaborative project involving NHDC and NHC. It is innovative and the first of its kind and gives young people a unique opportunity.

The original concept was approximately 18 months ago and the project now has a group of young people planning to start their first programme next month. This demonstrates the commitment and dedication of the staff involved and the fact that they have persevered to successfully put the programme together.

Young people joining the programme will have the opportunity to gain a level 2 qualification and pass on their skills and expertise to like minded individuals. Whilst on programme these learners will acquire skills in health and safety, coaching and communication, the affect of skateboarding in their community and skateboarding techniques.

Andrew Graham from North Hertfordshire District Council received the award on behalf of the Skateboard Mentor Project.


This award was sponsored by Connexions Hertfordshire

Award was presented by: Lester Vaughan from Connexions Hertfordshire and the winner was “MBA Association”

This successful project demonstrates a good example of partnership working, by responding to youth issues and involving residents, local businesses and organisations they have delivered a number of projects needed by their local community. Initiatives include setting up a mentoring system, organising youth clubs and providing advice and guidance. Young volunteers have actively contributed to the project by painting and renovating their youth club. The organisation has successfully delivered Sport in the Parks Road Shows and has been praised by community police for their contribution to reducing local crime.


This award was sponsored by Stevenage Borough Council

Award presented by: John Entwistle from Stevenage Borough Council and the winner was “SOVA”

This organisation offers outstanding support for their volunteers. To ensure that they have the necessary skills to carry out their invaluable work volunteers are given both training and mentoring. The volunteers are dedicated and understanding and work tirelessly to give people a second chance.

Statistics prove that many offenders are unable to gain employment due to their skills gap, this organisation works with these people to increase their confidence and skills including literacy and numeracy skills, enabling them to increase their chance to gain employment.

Godfrey Leak received the award on behalf of SOVA.


This award was sponsored by Seetec Training and Job Search Centre Award presented by: Ruth Andrew Emerson from Seetec and the winner was “Chris Rodis”.

This tutor runs a weekly class for adults with physical disabilities in Hitchin. The learners range from 25yrs to over 60yrs of age, of which a high proportion have limited or no means of communication. These sessions are described as engaging, informative, productive and best of all LOUD. He has encouraged the learners to make and distribute an excellent music CD of songs that the class have jointly written and performed and the class are now in the final throws of filming a sinister music and drama video.

Both staff and residents gave a 100% response in favour of this tutor and commented that it is hard to imagine Chris as a visitor, as he is so much part of the furniture now.

Diane Landau, from Cheshire Homes and one of Chris learners, Brian Radstone, collected the award on Chris’ behalf.


This award was sponsored by The Gordon Craig Theatre

Award presented by: Claire Dixon

The winner was “Carol Keith”

This learner has maintained a consistence record of attendance and has made many friends amongst the other learners. She has remained chatty, friendly and enthusiastic throughout her learning despite having a period of ill health. Her thirst for achievement and dogged determination to complete has rubbed off onto many other learners who see her as an inspiration. This learner has achieved 9 qualifications including Absolute Beginner IT and will shortly complete her full Level 2 Diploma award. Carol has plans to continue her learning and to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Diploma, all at the tender age of 63.


This award was sponsored by Hertfordshire County Council

Award presented by: Marianne Stevenson from Hertfordshire County Council

The winner was “Erica Vey”

The tireless commitment of this individual has been exceptional. They have taken on a massive responsibility and given a huge amount of personal time and effort. They embarked on an ambitious plan to develop a comprehensive training programme to increase the participation of young boys and girls within Hitchin and the surrounding areas. The work was undertaken with enthusiasm and dedication. This person has worked hard to empower local youth to participate and has achieved a huge amount in a very short period of time. Before her arrival at the Air Cadets numbers were low and the range of activities small. Within weeks of her arrival she had increased the number of recruits and worked hard to promote the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and now has all cadets participating at all levels.

All of this work has been carried out in a voluntary capacity, alongside her role as an A&E nurse and studying for a Nursing degree, all this and she is still under the age of 25.


This award was sponsored by North Hertfordshire College

Award presented by: David Pitcher from North Hertfordshire College

The winner is “The Lannock School”

Through a number of initiatives and a lot of hard work this school has engaged its community in learning. Their exciting programme offer and out of hour’s activities entices both young and old. The day begins with a lively Breakfast Club for young people whilst the mature residents, the oldest being 85, currently explore the delights of digital photography. Evenings are spent participating in salsa dance, the arts and languages.


This award was sponsored by Erainbow Network Project

Award presented by Emily Enright from Erainbow Network Project and the winner was “Christchurch”

The judges were overwhelmed at how many members of its community this organisation reaches out to, including involvement with a community in Lideta, Ethopia. This organisation is manned by volunteers, yet manages to provide a drop in centre where vulnerable people can feel safe to call in and meet new friends. Additionally they offer many groups that take place daily, including 12 activity groups especially designed for young people. As a continual commitment to all of its community, care is taken to ensure that resources and equipment are appropriate to all and the addition of a new frontage to the building has provided access to its disabled members.


This award was sponsored by The Stevenage Partnership

Award presented by: John Entwisle from Stevenage Borough Council and the winner was “Bobby Singh”

After an 8 year battle with addiction, this young man works tirelessly to support young people in the community.

Over the last four years he has learnt many skills. This has enabled him to create and plan a range of projects and activities that have been used to deter young people from crime. He has had to contend with the pressure of having his integrity regularly questioned due to his convictions, eventful youth and past life. His journey has been an uphill struggle to overcome prejudices and pre-conceptions. Despite this, this young man has become an inspiration to all who meet him.

Since 2002 he has been involved in delivering anti substance misuse sessions to young people in schools and referral units, to young mums and the BME community. This young man still gets knocks from the establishment even though he is inspirational to young people and adults alike on how to overcome adversity and a chequered past.

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