Community Group of the Year
Thousands of workers received the compensation they were entitled to thanks to the Help Advice Volunteers Service (HAVS).
The group was set up in 2004 by former miner Michael White along with Bill Squires, Jim Ryan and Tony Harnett.
The group has helped many miners claim compensation for industrial diseases related to working underground, as well as other people who have suffered an industrial disease caused by their occupation.
To help miners with their claims, the group researched medical information and used its experience of mining conditions.
It represented miners at tribunals for injuries such as vibration white finger, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and osteoarthritis of the knee.
Having been named Community Group of the Year, Michael said: "I'm so proud. It's been a long time helping these miners and construction workers with industrial diseases. We've helped a lot of people and I'm proud to have achieved that.
"The people we have helped will be absolutely delighted because they always say we deserve some recognition and by God we have got it.
"It's been so sad reading some of the letters and answering them - but at least people got the benefit they were entitled to."
The Community Group category is open to any group who can demonstrate their work plays an active role in community life.
We are looking for groups who promote community spirit, tolerance and co-operation amongst local residents. It may be that it actively helps to promote estate or area based activities, or perhaps provides support in some way for local people.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- Do you know of a group that provides a much needed service?
- Does it make your area or some else’s a safer place to live?
- Does it provide a lifeline for those in need?
- Does the group provide facilities to engage young people who would otherwise have nothing to do?
If someone has done something creative, engaged local people in the arts or simply been there to support residents or those in need, we want to know.
Winners are likely to have devoted their efforts to the benefit of the community with probably no, or little in the way of a budget.
Nominations are invited from all types of community group, be it an amateur dramatics society, a slimming club, residents association, church or youth group.
Voluntary Action Barnlsey
Barnsley S70 2JW
Telephone: 01226 320100www.vabarnsley.org.uk
Voluntary Action Barnsley has been in Barnsley for over 30 years and offers opportunities for people living in the borough to get involved in their local community.
The organisation, based at The Core, has a range of opportunities available, including becoming a volunteer for a community group or voluntary organisation. Anyone can become a volunteer for an organisation and it gives people a chance to learn new skills, increase their confidence and make a difference to their local community.
Voluntary Action Barnsley is working with businesses in the area who want to give something back to their local community. Employer Supported Volunteering and Corporate Volunteering allows organisations to show they are committed to supporting projects in the locality, with staff given the opportunity to get involved in volunteering as well.
Voluntary Action Barnsley is the contract holder of Healthwatch Barnsley, the independent local consumer champion for health and social care services. Healthwatch Barnsley provides an advice, information and signposting service to the public as well as gathering views and comments from people accessing health and social services in the Barnsley area. These views are then fed back to service providers to ensure that everyone living in Barnsley has access to the best health and social care services possible.
David Brannan, chairman of Voluntary Action Barnsley, says the organisation wanted to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards because they know how hard community groups work every day of the year across Barnsley and want this to be recognised in our town.
Mr Brannan, said: “We are really proud to be sponsoring the Community Group of the Year category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.
“We know how hard community groups work and the dedication that goes into these groups to make sure that local communities have access to services every day of the year.”