The heroes of outer South Leeds received some well deserved recognition at an Oscars-style ceremony where 40 awards were given out to recognise hard work by local charities and communities.
Guests at the event, held at Morley Town Hall last Wednesday, were all treated to goody bags, raffle prizes, a buffet and a series of speeches thanking them alongside the main awards.
In his speech before the presentations, Councillor David Congreve, the Lord Mayor of Leeds, said: “These people and groups make a huge difference and we usually find that it’s just a small number of people doing a lot of the work in the community, it is these people that we are honoring tonight.”
Each of the groups represented at the event received an award, with winners ranging from youth groups to elderly charities and from singing societies to sports clubs.
Councillor Karen Bruce, chairwoman of the Outer South Leeds Community Committee, said: “It’s about about recognising our community heroes, the people out there in the community without whom the councils wouldn’t be able to function.
“These are people who give up their time voluntarily to make sure that there are lots of events and opportunities in the community, lots of sports, activities for older people and help for younger people, across the board.”
As well as rewarding the guests, the event also helped groups and charities to network with each other.
Ron Frost, chairman of the For Disability Mobility Bus and winner of an award, said: “Accolades like the South Leeds Community Heroes award lift the awareness and the profile of the charity.
“If you can lift your profile then more people get to know about you and it helps you with funding and winning grants which you can then sink back into making the charity work better for the service users.”
Stalls around the outside and pictures from all of the groups, which were displayed on a screen at the front, brought the event to life with colour.
Coun Bruce added: “It has been really worthwhile, everyone has enjoyed it tonight and I hope that they feel recognised for the part that they play in the community.
“I think that they are our unsung heroes and I don’t think that they’re looking for recognition, but it doesn’t do any harm to say thank you and give them that bit of recognition because they do work hard.”
The community committee hopes to continue running the awards as well as other similar events, anyone who wants to get involved should email firstname.lastname@example.org