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Sanctuary celebrates 10 years in Shiregreen at inspirational awards ceremony

2 March 2016
The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Talib Hussain, presenting the David Blunkett Community Safety Award to Margaret Heathcote.

A decade of success in Shiregreen has been celebrated at an awards ceremony.

Shiregreen Community Awards

Sanctuary Housing’s fifth Shiregreen Community Awards, an annual event honouring the contributions of local residents and community groups, marked the 10 year anniversary of Sanctuary in Shiregreen last Friday at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’s (SWFC) Hillsborough Stadium.

Decade of success

Since Sanctuary first started its £90 million Shiregreen regeneration programme in March 2006, a range of key milestones have been achieved. These have included the £150,000 NESTA funding for the community to improve their local area in the Shiregreen Neighbourhood Challenge, 2010’s refurbishment of the 1,500th home on the estate, and the establishment of the Streetscene project in 2012 aimed at enhancing Shiregreen’s scenery and creating new environmental features.

Awards launch

Another significant success was the launch of the Shiregreen Community Awards in 2011. The last five years have seen dozens of Shiregreen’s local residents and organisations being commended for their hard work in improving their neighbourhood and involvement in the community.

2016 celebration

This year’s celebration – dedicated to the memory of the late Harry Harpham, MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough – awarded winners across six categories including Good Neighbour, Outstanding Achievement and the Kath Page Green Fingers Award, in remembrance of Kath Page, a dedicated fundraiser and advocate for Concord Park.

The achievements of young people in Shiregreen were celebrated through the Young Achiever of the Year Award and the Karl Barton Award, in honour of a former resident who was dedicated to helping young people.

New for this year was the Community Safety Award, kindly sponsored by Lord David Blunkett, honouring the achievements of local people who work to make their neighbourhood a safer place.

A charity raffle on the night raised over £450 with funds going to local cancer charity Amy’s Retreat. Prizes were presented by the charity and included top-of-the-range computer tablets, a SWFC signed football shirt and music lesson vouchers.


Other generous sponsors of the awards were Joan and Roger Barton, the Workshop, Harmony Music School, local resident Jane Bird, Shiregreen Tenants and Residents Association, Ryan Hair Barber Shop and SWFC. In addition, the Cutlers’ Company Charitable Trust provided further funds for young people’s participation in the Awards.

Sanctuary’s director of neighbourhoods, Colleen Eccles, said: “Improving the infrastructure by investing in homes and facilities is only part of the picture and we believe in supporting the community to help them achieve their ambitions. These annual awards mark the valuable contribution that residents make and we hope that it continues to inspire others.”

Lord Blunkett commented: “I am a proud supporter of Sanctuary’s Shiregreen Awards which honour the dedication and commitment of local residents. It’s an honour to sponsor one of the awards and be a part of the celebrations.”