Five people who have helped their community through coronavirus have been recognised for their work by one of the region’s biggest housing associations.
All five have worked with communities throughout the pandemic to help them get through the difficult months. The ‘Community Champion’ awards from believe housing are intended to celebrate the contribution made by the community sector to neighbourhoods across County Durham.
The first five people to receive the commendation includes Sue Hines from Willington Open Door Methodist Church. Sue has been at the forefront of a whole host of activity in Willington to support the community with the impact of coronavirus, including isolation and access to food.
Sue said: “When I found about this, it was a great encouragement at the end of a very tough week.”
Other winners include Sherralee Young from Woodhouse Close Community Centre, who raised almost £1,200 towards a defibrillator with a sponsored walk, and Helen Waller who is working at East Durham Trust to combat poverty in East Durham.
The awards come during Customer Service Week, a national event highlighting the importance of customer service to businesses and communities.
Sharon Davis was given an award for her work with Seaham Youth and Community Centre. Joanne Iceton from Little Chef Big Chef picked up her award for work to provide healthy and low-cost food to the community in and around St Helen Auckland during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
Customer Experience Business Leader at believe housing, Simon Bartlett, said: “This is just a small gesture of our appreciation for the huge number of people who have given so much to communities in the last 12-months, to provide the support and advice that our neighbourhoods depend on. These five people are just some of the people who have made such a difference.
“It’s impossible to over-estimate just how important the voluntary sector is to County Durham and we wanted to show that we understand that and say thank you.”