Inspirational people honoured at 2015 Our Communities Awards

Inspirational individuals and groups were honoured for their community work at the Our Communities Awards ceremony, proudly hosted by The Halifax Academy.

Co-ordinated by the North East Halifax neighbourhood team, the annual event celebrated those who, through their talent, hard work and community spirit, make a difference in the Park and Warley wards.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner - Denise KeenanThe winners were nominated for their varied contributions to the local area, from providing lunches for older people and helping others into work, to educating, campaigning and fundraising.

The Lifetime Achievement award was presented by Mayor of Calderdale Councillor Pat Allen to Denise Keenan, who has been involved in voluntary work in the Park and Warley Wards for over 30 years. Described as “the very backbone of St Augustine’s Community Centre”, Denise has provided support and advice to the vulnerable, building their confidence and encouraging participation in the wider community.

Contribution to Work and Training Award winner - Pavel Botos

The event brought together a diverse range of guests who, together with their friends and families, enjoyed a fantastic buffet and musical performances by students of The Halifax Academy.

The entertainment was provided by The Halifax Academy Brass Quartet and The Halifax Academy Choir, with solo performances from Alisha Zulfiqar, Eden Pendleton and Alya Begum.


Our Communities 2015 winners:

Park & Warley Our Communities Award 2015: Contribution to the Older Generation – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Contribution to the Older Generation

WINNER: Wednesday Lunchbox

This group has been providing lunches for older people in Pellon for more than 20 years. “It’s more than just a nutritious meal; it’s a chance to get together and socialise.

The Wednesday lunchbox operate a lunch club on the last Wednesday of every month from the Christ Church, Church Lane Pellon, Halifax.

This group help to tackle loneliness and isolation amongst older people by providing a nutritional meal for 30 people from the Pellon area are taken to and from the lunch club by volunteer car drivers.

At Christmas time up to 60 people attend the lunch club where entertainment is also organised and lunches are prepared and cooked in the church by 6 hardworking volunteers

The lunch club has been around and operated for over 20 years and it is an essential group in the Pellon area in that it provides an important social opportunity for isolated and lonely older people to come together and enjoy other peoples company.