Recognising goodness

27 February 2015

Rugby Observer

THE Vicar of St Chad's, the Revd Andrew Fisher, and the Community Development Officer for Coventry City Council, Lisa Harasym, both felt that the area around Wood End, Henley Green, Manor Farm, and Bell Green had been receiving a mostly undeserved bad press. They wanted to show that there was a lot of goodness around, and to bring the communities together to celebrate the many unsung heroes who give their time, energy, money, and food to help those around them.

So they talked to the housing, children's-centre, and youth-services departments, and submitted articles to local papers and magazines. Posters went up on community notice boards, and nomination forms and ballot-boxes were put into schools, leisure centres, libraries, community centres, cafés, and churches to ask people who the unsung heroes in their communities were.

"The generosity of residents in this area is not unique," Ms Harasym said. "It can be seen across the city. But the way that people from [this area] give without recognition or expectation of reward, just to make the area a better place, is why we wanted to hold the awards." Mr Fisher said that "they don't volunteer once or twice: they come back summer and winter, week after week, day after day; they probably think of themselves merely as being good neighbours."

Awards of clasped hands and a certificate (above) were presented to a variety of unsung helpful people at a New Year's awards evening at the end of January by the Lord Mayor, and Commander of Police. The head teacher of the local primary school and other community leaders had been among the judges

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