Community Heroes of Bury celebrated at awards


Last week, Bury saw the return of Six Town Housing’s annual Community Heroes awards ceremony, honouring exceptional people who make an impact within local neighbourhoods.

Over 100 people attended the event, held at the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum in Bury on Thursday 28th November, to support those who had been shortlisted for an award.

The Community Heroes awards categories for this year included Best Community Project, Super 60+, Young Superstar, Superhero of the year, Rising Star, Superstar Supporter and Community Rock. The awards celebrate those who live or volunteer within neighbourhoods managed by Six Town Housing on behalf of Bury Council, showcasing amazing neighbours, community group projects and volunteers of Tenant and Resident Associations (TRAs).

Winners of this Community Heroes Awards run by Six Town Housing.

This was the second year the awards supported the #WeBenefitBury campaign, a local tenant-led movement aimed to challenge and end negative stereotyping of those living in social housing. Those attending had the chance to share their own options on the subject, which will be later shared on Six Town Housing’s social media.

The Superhero of the Year category was awarded to Joanne Warburton, who arranges activities for young people at Brandlesome Community Centre.  The Young Superstar award went to Joshua Lyon, a young boy who volunteers at Victoria Youth Club in Whitefield looking after younger children and getting involved with the community allotment.

Community Development Worker, Steph Brimelow with Joanne Warburton, the winner of Superhero of the year award.

Chesham Fold TRA’s Baby Bank in Bury, which offers donated items to new parents who are unable to afford items such as prams, clothing and baby baths, picked up the award for Best Community project.

Cath Rowley, Chair of Chesham Fold TRA,  winner of Best Community Project.

John Merrick, Director of Neighbourhoods at Six Town Housing, said, “We run these awards to celebrate and highlight the amazing contributions made by our tenants within their neighbourhoods. Their efforts often get overlooked so this event is dedicated to honouring those hard working people who care so much about the community they live in.”


Best Community Project - Chesham Fold Baby Bank

They offer items such as prams, nappies and baby baths to mothers who are having financial difficulties.

Super 60+ - Marlene Dawson

Involved with the Victoria committee, helping out at the allotment and youth club.

Marie Hamer Community Development Worker with Marlene Dawson, winner of Super 60+ award.

Young Superstar - Joshua Lyon

Volunteers at the Victoria Youth Club, helping out with the allotment and youth club activities.

Joshua Lyon, winner of the Young Superstar award

Superhero Of The Year - Joanne Warburton

Helpful and supportive of the local residents and is involved in the Brandleshome Community Centre, organising activities for the young people there.

Rising Star - Top O’ Th’ Fields Tenants and Residents Association

They run coffee mornings and other activities for the residents, fighting social isolation.

Jacqueline Jourdan-Stoles, Chair of Top O' Th' Fields TRA, Winner of the Rising Star award

Superstar Supporter - Jim Millington

At 80 years old, he helps neighbours with their bins, shopping and anything else they might struggle with.

Community Rock - Shaun Hillam

Supports with all activities on the Chapelfield estate like gardening and community clean ups.

The Mayor of Bury and Shaun Hillam, Winner of the Community Rock Award

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