The 2016 Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award Winners

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston, Sheffield care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and parts of North Lincolnshire. They currently support around 250 families in their hospice, and in family homes. Their support services include end of life treatment and care, music therapy, counselling, sibling support groups and much, much more.

Better Action for Families (BAFF) aim is to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families in South Leeds and the surrounding area through targeted and inclusive action. BAFF deliver group sessions to improve the integration and inclusion of families in the local community, working in partnership with other organisations to support their aims and objectives.

The Don Catchment Rivers Trust aims to restore the rivers in the Don Catchment, an area that roughly overlaps with South Yorkshire. The Trust provides opportunities for members of the community to get out on the rivers and to work together to improve the environment and benefit wider society. These experiences promote wellbeing and many find them deeply rewarding.

The motto of The Rotary Club of Rotherham Sitwell is ‘Service before Self’ and the members are passionate about developing links with the local community to fulfil this promise. As well as providing hands-on help to local schools, community groups and charities they are renowned for bringing Santa and his sleigh to local areas giving children and adults alike a magical Christmas experience.

Sharrow Community Forum (SCF) is based in one of the most deprived wards in Sheffield. The group works in the local community and with a number of strategic partners to promote cohesion, drive social change and economic regeneration. SCF plays a pivotal role in Sharrow through a whole raft of complimentary services, volunteering and community development work.

Let June Make a Difference is an independent grant giving charity created in 2015 to assist children in North Kirklees. They work to improve the lives of children and young people who through financial difficulties, illness or other challenging circumstances are unable to participate in the opportunities and experiences offered to them. They welcome applications from third party professionals on behalf of children and young people. Their help is available to anyone aged between 7 and 17 who lives or studies in North Kirklees (or those attending specialist schools serving the whole of Kirklees) and who come from financially eligible families.

Male Victims of Domestic Abuse is based in Leeds and provides information about the legal system such as child care arrangement order. Physical and mental abuse can happen to anyone, and there is no need to suffer in silence. If you are a man experiencing domestic violence/abuse in your relationship, please Visit Male Victims of Domestic Abuse. org and register to attend our ‘’Men2gether’’monthly support group.

The Rotherham United Community Sports Trust works alongside Rotherham United Football Club to bring a better standard of living to various groups across the borough of Rotherham. Focussing on three main themes: Education, Health & Wellbeing and Sport and Community Development the group brings specialist knowledge to a whole range of issues such as physical and emotional health, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, learning, confidence building, social integration and community cohesion.

The Children’s Sleep Charity’s aim is to ensure that families have access to quality sleep support for their children. They use a cognitive and behavioural approach to sleep issues and work with children age 12 months upwards. They also train professionals to embed sleep support in their localities. Their charity is based in Doncaster.

WHISH is a small parent-led charity operating in the rural area of Whitby. They currently support around 130 children and young people who have a hidden impairment or disability. Despite being completely self-funded they also provide: information, training (for both parents/carers and professionals), parent groups; family outings; sport, arts and social activities for children and teenagers and a fully equiped multi-sensory room.

For The Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store the sucessful renewal of the Duke of York’s Community Initiative award is a fitting triubute to their fantastic staff, brilliant volunteers and small body of loyal supporters. Collecting donated furniture and passing it on to people in need is hardly rocket science. However, the fact that every year they re-house over 6,000 separate items of furniture (beds, sofas, tables, cots etc) demonstrates just how much LMFS, and similar groups are still needed.

Ignition (Automotive) Training, Doncaster, is an innovative training centre fused with a real working garage. The initial idea was to establish something that gave people real work experience, an accredited qualification, something for their CV and a reference. The programme not only helps to build a trainee’s confidence, but helps them make friends and learn to work in a team environment. Best of all it supports many of them into employment.

Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden, Menston, Ilkley. The memorial garden and wood was restored, by volunteers in memory of former patients of High Royds Psychiatric Hospital who were buried in paupers’ graves. It is a place for quiet reflection and by its outreach (which has received nearly three million “hits” on the web) is helping to reduce the discrimination against those with mental ill-health problems.

St Catherine’s Church Centre is a church and charity situated in the heart of Wakefield. Their projects and services are designed for and by the members of their local community including the elderly, families, vulnerable adults and those affected by learning difficulties and mental ill health.  They also run a range of services designed to support those in poverty including emergency food provision.

East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust provides 16-25 year olds in the rural communities of East Cleveland with: affordable, supported accommodation, local training opportunities in building related skills through the renovation of empty properties; work undertaken in community buildings for other voluntary sector organisations and through helping with personal development the opportunity to develop whole life and social skills.

The Basement Recovery Project, Halifax have also achieved a renewal of their award. The project offers those in addiction to alcohol or drugs a new way of life, free from the need or desire to use any mood altering substance; they call this Recovery. They understand that addiction is an illness and it can be treated. The project is free to attend and is run by staff and volunteers, all of whom have been touched by addiction.

The Whole Autism Family, Kirklees was born in October 2014 to offer help support and guidance to families who are impacted by autism living within west Yorkshire. They are a completely parent led voluntary support group, with all monies they raise going directly into supporting the families affected by autism. They registered as a charity after an overwhelming response to ensure their sustainability in April 2016.

The Rosalie Ryrie Foundation Ltd (RRF). Rosalie was a woman from Wakefield, whose children founded the organisation in remembrance of her life; to reduce families and children having to experience the life they themselves did. RRF is unique in the field of behavioural management, aiming to educate clients enabling them to consider the effects of their behaviour and break the cycle of abusive and aggressive relationships.

The High Street Centre Ltd is a registered charity working in Rawmarsh, Rotherham to improve the lives of local people. They do this by providing a community building and developing activities for people of all ages including their Afterschool Childcare service, local training and job search classes, by supporting children and young people with additional needs and encouraging local volunteering.

The Carlile Institute in Meltham, 7 miles from Huddersfield and sitting on the border of the Pennines sits in the heart of a 9,000 strong community.  They have restored a 125 year-old Victorian building – transforming it from a disused eyesore into a sustainable community business with offices and community space. They have secured £600,000 in funding in three years to fund capital refurbishment work and by doing so have been able to save vital services for their community, including Post Office and Library service.

Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling is an inclusive cycling organisation working with residents and visitors in Scarborough and Ryedale providing supported cycling opportunities for everyone, no matter what their ability or circumstances. They have a wide range of standard and adapted bikes and dedicated instructors ensuring that every ride is a fun, interactive social occasion.

Grey Matter in Todwick is in the South Yorkshire Rotherham border village of Todwick. The club meets for two hours every Friday afternoon. Members are over 55 and many live alone. The aim of the club is to promote health by combating loneliness through the provision of a friendly and stimulating weekly event for residents in local villages.

Auntie Pam’s Supporting Mums to be is a peer support volunteer run service based in Dewsbury and Huddersfield that provides a range of services, including a drop-in information and signposting service (covering things like housing, benefits, domestic violence, healthy eating, and baby development). Auntie Pam’s is a customer led service, and has at its heart the women and families of Kirklees.

Barwick in Bloom was established twenty one years ago to improve the environment and enhance the village of Barwick in Elmet for the benefit of its residents and many visitors alike. It is a widely based and very successful community group and is involved in many aspects of community life within the village.

Shadwell Library Arts Centre & Café, Leeds is housed in a Grade II listed building and serves Shadwell in North East Leeds and the surrounding area. Run by volunteers since January 2013, it offers a free library service, a venue for meetings, concerts, private events and a café. A monthly “memory café” also operates. They are currently supported by sixty volunteers.

Daisy Chain Project is a haven for children and young people with autism, aged 2 to 25. They currently help more than 1800 families from their 5.5 acre farm in Stockton-on-Tees. They support over 600 children and 30 adults per week and also provide support and training for parents and siblings of their young people with autism.

Older People’s Action in the Locality (OPAL) is a charity in Leeds 16 supporting older people to live independently by offering services/activities that reduce isolation and gives practical/emotional support. They have recently transformed a former pub into a Community Centre with the ambition to open up to other community users, bringing people together from across the generations. They have been successful in renewing their award.

Giroscope is a self-help housing project based in West Hull. They aim to rebuild and regenerate communities by bringing empty and derelict properties back into use to provide decent, affordable homes for those in housing need.  At the heart of their work is their volunteer programme providing work experience, training and support for people disadvantaged in the employment market.

Inspiring Youth Scheme, South Yorkshire Police, based in Sheffield. The project was started in 2003 by a dedicated team of police officers and volunteers who recognised the benefits of providing youths from BME backgrounds and hard to reach communities with positive role models. The project is aimed at improving the self-esteem and sense of achievement of young people, so that they are less likely to become involved in anti-social behaviour, drugs or become targets for the “gang culture” or radicalisation.

Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) provides advice and support services to voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups and organisations across Rotherham. They campaign on behalf of voluntary and community groups and ensure the sector has a strong voice, enabling it to influence decisions locally. They also carry out research and promote the work of the VCS in Rotherham.

HOPE Charity is the peer family support group for people that have suffered bereavement through a fire or road traffic accident, or have witnessed a traumatic incident. HOPE, which is based in Sheffield, operates across South Yorkshire and also within specific local communities to help raise the road safety message and to deliver home fire safety checks.

Harrogate Hospital Radio has achieved the renewal of its award. It provides entertainment and comfort to the patients of Harrogate District Hospital. Having formed in 1977 it is proudly celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. The evening requests shows are its flagship shows, playing requests collected by the team of volunteers who visit the wards. It also broadcasts specialist music programmes, Sunday services by the Hospital Chaplaincy Team, the local Talking Newspaper, and numerous outside broadcasts from local events.

The Friends of Ulley Country Park are a voluntary organisation that works in partnership with Rotherham Council to ensure the environment of the Park is maintained and enhanced to provide an enjoyable experience for all visitors. The Park has a rich heritage and the Friends are committed to implementing projects that improve the facilities for the benefit of the community.

Coatham House Projects is a Redcar based charity which has its origins in 1984, when a group of local residents began their task of establishing a project to offer supported accommodation to local young people who were in housing need. Today Coatham House continues in its original ethos, to support homeless young people. They offer support in various areas of life; focusing on both practical aspects of independent living and personal development. They also support their former residents, should they need it, to try and avoid tenancy breakdowns and if they’re in a time of need. They have achieved yet another renewal of their award.

Carecent has been established for over 30 years. Known within its local community as “Carebears” it is open six mornings a week including Bank Holidays. The group provide breakfast, clothing and friendship to the homeless and socially excluded in the centre of York. Its team of volunteers is always ready to listen and offer help and advice where they can.

The Works Skatepark Charity, Leeds is an organisation which for the last thirteen years has been building, mentoring and inspire community development through alternative approaches to sport and education. The project provides a safe environment where children, young people, and adults can engage in freesports on a regular basis, with emphasis on reducing obesity levels in young people, building community cohesion and developing education-to-work progression.

Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre is a trusted, independent community organisation which assists disadvantaged adults and children. The Centre provides free advice to around 25 clients per week and a number of community activities, including a Pre School. In a nutshell the Centre’s aims are to promote the benefits of people of all ages in Beverley and district, in particular those living on a local council estate via education, advice, information and facilities for leisure activities. They have achieved a renewal of their DOYCI award.

Pink Events UK Ltd. Pink Events is a small charity consisting of 6 volunteer trustees most of whom are family members. Together they raise money, mainly for the Leeds Breast Care Unit at St James Hospital and for Cancer Research UK. The charity strives to provide and improve resources and equipment for patients and consultants to improve care, treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer; to raise awareness about early diagnosis and treatment and to raise funds to support research into all aspects of breast cancer, its causes, diagnosis and treatment.

Rotherham Parents Forum Ltd, Rotherham Parents Forum work with those who provide services for disabled children and their families. The forum shares knowledge, experience and what families tell them to help plan and improve the quality, range and accessibility of services for all disabled children and their families.

JAMES: Joint Activities and Motor Education Service is based in and around Bradford. It works with young people and through the provision of access to positive leisure and educational activities endeavors to prevent conflict between young people and the law. The project is aimed at young people at risk aged 5 to 25 and their families.

Rotherham Hospice exists to enhance the quality of life of patients and those important to them through specialist palliative care services and education. Through a well-coordinated, multi-professional and ‘seamless’ service it integrates the Hospice specialist palliative care services with primary, secondary and tertiary health care services. In addition it also works closely with a number of voluntary and independent agencies, social services and, in the case of children and young people, education services.

Hull Kung Fu is managed by Mike Mitchell (4th Degree Black Sash), Odette Mitchell (3rd Degree Black Sash), Laurence Newton (3rd Degree Black Sash), Ricky Robson (3rd Degree Black Sash), and Martin Robson (2nd Degree Black Sash). Hull Kung Fu is a voluntary non-profit club. They teach confidence building, promote social inclusion, explain the bad effects of drugs and bullying and teach self-defence and fitness.

The DOYCI Outstanding Leadership Award

More often than not when her son was young Vicki Dawson, founder of the Children’s Sleep Charity would get less than two hours sleep a night. Asking around Vicki discovered that many other parents were in the same position. However, to her disbelief and dismay she also found that throughout the whole of the country there wasn’t one organisations who could help with the debilitating consequences of children’s sleep disorders.

So like many of the great innovators Vicki set about researching the effects of possible triggers; such things as diet, as exercise and as light in the bedroom. This led to her developing a treatment plan for her own son and it began to work. In fact it didn’t only work for her but by 2013 Vicki had helped enough people for social health groups in and around Doncaster to actually sit up and take notice.

Of course this degree of commitment led to an enormous amount of extra work, so much so that in 2015 Vicki gave up her job as a Deputy Head teacher to become full-time CEO of the Children’s Sleep Charity.

Over that last fifteen or so years a mix of despair, self-sacrifice and sheer determination has seen Vicki devise and develop a service that is not only unique but that is now widely recognised as being extremely valuable.

Mike Mitchell set up Hull Kung Fu twelve years ago because in his own words he: “grew up in the rough side of Hull, infested with crime and drugs. “However” he adds “I was lucky, I got a job, a chance of bettering myself. This passion for self-improvement is still evident in everything Mike does. At HKF he has created an organisation which helps people achieve hitherto unattainable goals via an exciting blend of education, fitness, self-confidence and management skills.

These days Mike still puts in hours and hours a week: teaching, monitoring progress, building the syllabus and managing the paperwork – all this on top of a full time job with Network Rail.

Undoubtable one of the most impressive aspects of Mike’s leadership is his ability to attract so much support for what is a very small organisation from the city, the county and his Patrons. However, eclipsing even that is how Hull Kung Fu people, his people, see him. “He’s taught me everything I know” says one. “I did what Mike said, – it saved my life” recalls another. “Mike? Oh he’s the father figure, our go-to man… he listens” said a third.

These heartfelt comments refer to a man who day in, day out demands hard work, discipline, respect and good manners from everyone at HKF. But then outstanding leadership promotes outstanding loyalty and that’s what we found; amazing loyalty to, indeed love for a truly inspiring leader.