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Sponsors We are extremely grateful to our sponsors without whom the awards would not be possible: Leeds based supermarket, ASDA, works across the country to provide additional support to residents and community groups through a wide range of initiatives.

Young Resident of the Year

Leading provider, British Gas is currently working closely with local authorities to help reduce carbon emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of social housing and public buildings.

Best Community Initiative

Leeds Tenants Federation is a resident-run organisation which supports residents to participate in local housing and neighbourhood issues and represents their views in strategic decision making at a citywide and regional level.

Special Recognition Award

Mears provides rapid response and planned maintenance services to Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords delivering in excess of 3,750 repairs every day to a portfolio of over 500,000 homes nationwide.

Resident Group of the Year

Morrison Facility Services is one of the leading repairs and maintenance providers to the social housing sector servicing 400,000 properties around the country including 37,000 in the Leeds area.

Resident of the Year

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Leeds Community Stars 2012

Welcome to the Leeds Community Stars Awards 2012. “These awards are a real celebration of all the fantastic work which is carried out by residents, tenant groups, ALMOs and BITMO within local communities in Leeds. It is the perfect opportunity to recognise the selfless contributions of highly committed and inspiring people who are working together to build strong communities across the city. Without their dedication our city would undoubtedly be a poorer place, so thank you to all nominees for their efforts.� Councillor Peter Gruen, deputy leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Board Member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services.

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The Finalists Resident of the Year Peggy Sykes, who is in her 80s, has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of residents in Otley by organising cleaning in public areas, planting greenery and baking for local charity fundraising events.

Peggy Sykes John Boyd Ian Kirkland

John Boyd plays a very active role within the Saxton Gardens community and has secured funding to install four new litter bins, a bench, pagoda and community notice board on the estate. Ian Kirkland from Middleton Community Centre organises fetes, carnivals and day trips for residents as well as cooking for the elderly and providing advice and guidance to other residents.

Young Resident of the Year Twenty year old Caroline Westerman, who is a carer for her younger brother and her mother who has muscular dystrophy, helps neighbours by putting their bins out and doing their shopping.

Caroline Westerman

Eleven year old Oliver Allison is a Junior Warden helping to carry out garden maintenance on the estate. Since joining the scheme his behaviour in school has improved immensely.

Rachel Lyons

Oliver Allison

Rachel Lyons has been involved in planning and opening the south Leeds youth hub including inviting local councillors to take part in a Question Time session to address young people’s issue on housing, jobs, school and youth activities.

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Leeds Community Stars 2012

Resident Group of the Year Rycroft High Rise Group Cranmercall TRA Gipton Together

Rycroft High Rise Group has worked with local schools and partners as well as local PCSOs to rebuild the community garden at Rycroft Green adding five new raised beds and planting 2,000 bulbs. Cranmercall TRA has been instrumental in developing projects and raising ÂŁ100,000 worth of funding to improve the environment, combat anti social behaviour, reduce crime and the fear of crime locally. Gipton Together runs activities including street dance, karate, musical theatre and cheerleading for more than 250 local young people as well as introducing new projects.

Best Community Initiative Billing View Community Group The Holt Park Entrance Project The Swarcliffe Good Neighbours Scheme

Billing View Community Group has raised ÂŁ3,000 to benefit local residents and campaigned to save its local library and to improve the bus service in Rawdon. The Holt Park Entrance Project involved local children planting bulbs and designing decorations to improve the look of the estate. The Swarcliffe Good Neighbours Scheme aims to provide services which promote the health and wellbeing of older people and their carers to live independently within the local community.

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Most Innovative Project SLATE was set up to run environmentally friendly businesses for the benefit of the local community, offering work opportunities to people with learning difficulties. The Firefly Project involved marking the Brookleigh Scheme flats with luminescent tape to increase visibility of populated rooms in the event of a fire, raising awareness of fire safety and providing piece of mind.

SLATE The Firefly Project Windmill Primary School

In January, pupils at Windmill Primary School took part in ‘guest editing’ the spring edition of the BITMO resident newsletter which is delivered to 3,000 households in South Leeds.

Green Initiative The £48,000 Holt Park Recycling Project has improved the appearance of the estate and dramatically reduced fly tipping, by providing recycling points, with bins and information signs. Two hundred and fifty homes in Middleton were given free energy saving radiator reflector panels which helped reduce heating bills and carbon footprints by making the most of the heat coming from radiators.

Holt Park Recycling Project Middleton Community Group

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Leeds Community Stars 2012

Special Recognition Award The winner of this award has been selected by the judges from all the finalists and will receive a special prize this evening.

People’s Choice The People’s Choice Award has been voted for by you, the residents of Leeds, over the last month. The winner of this category will be announced this evening and receive a special prize.

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Category prizes have been kindly donated by:

There will also be a raffle to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Trust.

Your host for the evening will be BBC Look North presenter, Harry Gration.

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Leeds Community Stars Awards 2012 - Programme  

This was the programme developed by Acceleris to accompany the inaugural Leeds Community Stars Awards 2012, celebrating the achievements of...