South Leeds represented at community stars awards

Projects and individuals in south Leeds been short-listed in the Leeds Community Stars 2012 awards – and YOU can have your say who wins a special award.

Harry Gration

The ceremony will celebrate the hard work and initiative of individuals and groups.

A celebratory event to recognise the inspirational individuals and projects, hosted by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration, will take place at the Leeds Town Hall in July.

South Leeds groups and individuals have been nominated in a number of different categories. And YOU can have your say which of them by voting for your overall favourite in the special people’s choice award.

In the resident of the year award, Ian Kirkland from Middleton Community Centre organises fetes, carnivals and day trips for residents as well as cooking for the elderly and providing advice and guidance to other residents

In the young resident of the year award, Rachel Lyons has been involved in planning and opening the South Leeds Youth Hub including inviting local councillors to take part in a Question Time session to address young people’s issue on housing, jobs, school and youth activities.

In the most innovative project category, south leeds has two nominees:

Feel-good furniture store SLATE was set up to run environmentally friendly businesses for the benefit of the local community, offering work opportunities to people with learning difficulties.

In January pupils at Windmill Primary School took part in ‘guest editing’ the spring edition of the BITMO resident newsletter which is delivered to 3,000 households in South Leeds.

You can text and vote for any of these projects – or others from different parts of the city – to win the people’s choice award. Have your say here. Check out the full list of finalists here.  Voting closes noon on Monday 2nd July.

The awards are being run in partnership by Aire Valley Homes, West North West Homes and East North East Homes, Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation (BITMO) and Leeds Tenants Federation.