To celebrate the start of our partnership with Pride of Britain in 2016, the TSB Community Partner Award has been introduced.
This new award seeks to celebrate those very special people who - either as individuals or groups - have worked in partnership to become a force for good in their local communities, selflessly improving the lives of those around them.
This could mean anything from supporting young people to help them thrive, to bringing their local communities together to create something special.
Back in October, we invited the finalists of the TSB Community Partner Award to the State Rooms of Speaker’s House to celebrate the fantastic work that each of them have done within their communities.
Carol Vorderman hosted the event attended by MPs and celebrities, as well as Daily Mirror editor and founder of Pride of Britain, Peter Willis and our CEO, Paul Pester.
All the finalists got to share their inspirational stories and were each awarded a certificate to honour their achievements.
Janette is a youth worker who is fondly known as Auntie Janette. This amazing woman has devoted her life to helping young people in her community, steering them away from drugs, gangs and crime.
Pensioner Billy has been dubbed the hardest working man in Britain for his mammoth task of keeping a remote Orkney community afloat by holding down 20 jobs, including working as a firefighter, shepherd, lighthouse keeper and airport worker!
Icolyn is an Inspirational pensioner who has run the Oxford Community Soup kitchen for 26 years, providing food, clothes and comfort to those in need.
Betty and Jean are two mums who have helped to transform the lives of elderly residents on a barren housing estate after moving in 40 years ago.
Barry and Margaret’s son Jimmy was murdered in an unprovoked attack in 2008 just one day after his 16th birthday. Following his murder the Mizen family and their local community have been determined to focus on two outcomes; they will not be beaten by his death and that something good will come from it. This led to the foundation of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation.
Garth’s lifelong commitment to his home town has seen him run the rugby club and post office and stand as a councillor and a primary school governor!
Spurred on by an article in the Evening Chronicle about the death of a homeless man, Alison Kay (then in her 70s) decided to set up an organisation to support those in need. Within a year, Alison had 40 helpers and they inaugurated the first People’s Kitchen next to the railway arches by Dean Street offering food, clothes, a warm fire and welcome to anyone who came in peace.
Following the death of his brother-in-law Mohammed Zafran from Small Heath has gone on to set up numerous educational and sporting projects to help young people and Asian women in deprived areas of Birmingham.
Philip set up the Moss Side Community Allotment in 2011 along with by a group of keen residents to encourage families to come together to grow fruit and vegetables. Moss Side is an inner-city area which has been plagued by crime and gang warfare but the oasis is part of a regeneration being led by residents.
Denham spent seven years living in a homeless hostel before his fortunes took a turn for the better through his passion for cycling.
We will be posting interviews, news, photos and videos on all of our social media channels before, during and after the awards.
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