Caring Neighbour in North Dorset Named 'Community Hero'
Published by Tina for Spectrum Housing Group in Communities
Robin Walker from Jewson (award sponsors) presents the Spectrum ‘Community Hero’ award trophy to winner Peter Collins.
Spectrum Signpost have presented a special award to a North Dorset resident who has voluntarily provided support to carers within his local community.
Peter Collins received Spectrum Housing’s ‘Community Hero’ Award at a presentation at Durweston Village Hall on Wednesday 5th February. Peter, a Spectrum Signpost resident who lives in the small village of Durweston near Blandford Forum, was presented with the award by Robin Walker on behalf of award sponsors Jewson the building merchants.
The award presentation was part of a recent initiative launched by Spectrum Housing Group called ‘Community Heroes’. This new award scheme recognises residents who contribute to the wellbeing of their local community.
Peter received the award for setting up and running a thriving carers group in Blandford, which provides support and advice to carers in the area. He is also an active member of the village community, and serves on the Village Hall committee.
“Peter is a very caring and helpful neighbour, taking neighbours to shops, doctor and hospital appointments and to pick up their prescriptions” said Liz Baker, Resident Involvement Officer for Spectrum Signpost.
"I have been fortunate to know Peter for a number of years now, and in that time he has always been involved in lots of local activities” continues Liz.
“His most recent project has been the setting up of the Carer's Group in the Blandford area. This group gives much needed support to carer's in the local area, a role that Peter understands very well through caring for his wife, Jan.
All his neighbours speak so highly of him for the help that he gives - he is a true friend as well as a neighbour. Like most volunteers Peter doesn't help because he wants an award; he gets involved and helps people because he genuinely cares. He is a very worthy winner of this award".
As a full-time carer for his wife, his neighbour, Peter’s neighbour Maisie Curtis describes him as someone who “puts caring for his wife first and caring for those in the community a very close second”.
As well as receiving a special engraved glass trophy, Peter was also presented with a cheque for £250 for his chosen charity, Motability. A national charity, Motability was established to help disabled people with their mobility needs and to enjoy their independence, and over the past 30 years has helped over three million people get mobile by exchanging their mobility allowance for a brand new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.
"It is an honour to be the first Community Hero for my area and to be able to give a cheque to Motability to help support the great work they do” said Peter following the award win.
“In the coming year I am looking forward to progressing the Carer's Group I have set up. Carers are the unsung heroes in our communities, as I know only too well, and they are often overlooked when it comes to support and advice. I would like to thank my neighbours who nominated me for this award and also Jewson for their sponsorship".
This presentation marked the second time that Peter’s community involvement had been formally recognised by Spectrum – Peter was also named Signpost's Community Champion for his involvement on the Signpost Residents' Forum and on the Planned and Response Repairs group, but had to give these up when he decided to set up the Carer's group.