WINNER: Maurice Kidney and the Halifax & District Irish Society
Maurice Kidney is the Membership Secretary of the Halifax Irish Luncheon Club. He provides a great service to the Luncheon Club – recording each member’s unique membership number, address, telephone number, next of kin etc. in case of an emergency whilst attending the Luncheon Club.
Maurice greets everyone as they arrive giving each person a ticket telling of the day’s entertainment, the date of the next Luncheon Club and the entertainment for that date. The ticket has a tear off slip and after entering their membership number this is put into a draw which if drawn during the Luncheon Club receives a £10 prize.
Maurice is the hub of the Luncheon Club as he greets every member on arrival and always has a little chat with each member on arrival.
The Halifax Luncheon Society provides an excellent social event twice a month (once a month in Summer and December) for the 50s and over.
There is a two course lunch, live music entertainment (different entertainment each time), bingo, raffle and domino card and everyone can attend whether they are Irish or not with a small cover charge of £4. The Committee is approx 18 people who work tirelessly to provide a fabulous afternoon 12 – 3pm.
Anyone with mobility problems is looked after and the atmosphere is first class. There are usually up to 80 people attending each Luncheon Club and the majority dance when the live singer is on. Couples attend and many widows and widowers and the camaraderie is simply first class.
For information visit halifaxirishsociety.org.uk
WINNER: Shabnam Khan
Shabnam Khan, along with her husband Qamar runs the Halifax Centre for Learning and those who know her say that her passion for education and supporting young people reach their full potential is apparent.
The active mum who lives with her husband Qamar and three young children works to support the young people of Halifax in meeting their potential.
Founded by Shabnam and her husband, the centre was officially opened back in 2011 with the vision of providing a centre in the heart of Halifax, and almost 5 years later the centre is still going strong, offering learning opportunities to all members of the community as well as tuition, support and guidance to students of all ages whilst enabling them to fulfil and exceed their potential.
Many of the young people who have attended Halifax Centre for learning over the years have now progressed to university which is down to the hard work and determination of Shabnam and her husband.
Find the Halifax Centre for Learning on Facebook here.
WINNER: Christine Henderson (Halifax Food and Support Drop In)
Christine is one of our local unsung heroes who for the last seven years has volunteered for the Halifax Food and Support Drop In which operates in Park Ward.
She is there every Saturday morning in the kitchen making sure all who come have refreshments are well looked after.
Unseen to many she spends most days collecting food from supermarkets which would otherwise go to waste and she then takes it to the Drop in on Saturdays or to The Gathering Place during the week.
She has a heart full of compassion for those she helps and spends time befriending and supporting many people.
Further information on the Halifax Food and Support Drop In is available online here.
The 2015 North Halifax Neighbourhood Awards are fast approaching and with only 21 days until the deadline for nominations why not spare a few moments of your time to nominate a local hero from your community and give them the recognition you feel they deserve.
With 10 different Awards categories to choose from, you don’t even have to stop at just one nomination!
The 10 awards categories are as follows: Click here to view criteria for each category
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Won in 2014 by Irene Mulhall
- Contribution to Sport & Play – Won in 2014 by Mick Gavan – Crossleys
- Contribution to Work & Training – Won in 2014 by Tutors and Students from the Construction Course – North Halifax Skills Centre
- Contribution to Children & Young People – Won in 2014 by Martina Walsh
- Contribution to the Older Generation – Won in 2014 by The Mixenden Community Growers
- Outstanding Individual – Won in 2014 by Nathan Hunter
- Community Involvement – Won in 2014 by Mixenden Parents Resource Centre
- Young People of the Year – Won in 2014 by Kirsty Healey
- Contribution to Culture – Won in 2014 by Peter Coenen – The Dance Mill
- Contribution to a Safer Cleaner Greener Environment – Won in 2014 by Adrian Hill – Pennine Housing
There are a number of ways to nominate and the online process can be done in just 3 simple steps by clicking here. If you prefer the old fashioned way you can download or print our paper nomination form here and return your completed form to the Pennine Housing Office on Turner Avenue South, or drop it into Mixenden Library. You can also email us your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nominations must be received by 31 March 2015
- There is no limit to the number nominations you can make.
- Nominations must be for an individual, group or organisation that lives or works in or for the benefit of the North Halifax community.
- As hosts of the awards, staff from the North Halifax Partnership cannot be nominated for the work they do for these organisations.
- For more information or help completing the nomination forms please give us a call on 01422 255402.
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