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Community Group of the Year

Community Group

The Goldthorpe Development Group was founded in 2012 by residents and volunteers to help revitalise the community.

They care deeply about making Goldthorpe a brilliant place once more and keeping a well-known status for the right reasons.

The group throws events in order to raise money to develop Goldthorpe and help it become a better place.

Members hold regular litter picks and clean ups, Easter bonnet competitions and Christmas events. Having collected their award, treasurer John Hays said: “I’m absolutely over the moon.

“We are a group of people who have stuck together and done everything for Goldthorpe. We’ve had our ups and downs but it has been fantastic. To the people who couldn’t be here on the night, we love them.”

Member Aaron Poole added: “The people of Goldthorpe should be proud of themselves and what they have done.”

Judges' citation: “A hard-working group who are committed to improving life in their community and challenging negative perceptions about the neighbourhood they are proud to call home.”

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.