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Stars shine bright at New Charter Awards Ceremony


Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Group in Housing and also in Communities

Yvonne McConnell, left, receives her award from New Charter's Emma Wilson, Director of Communities Yvonne McConnell, left, receives her award from New Charter's Emma Wilson, Director of Communities

New Charter staff put on a Grease themed show for the annual residents awards evening, this week.

The event was held for the first time at the New Charter Academy and nearly 200 residents attended to celebrate the Stars that Shine, North West In Bloom and personal achievement awards. 

The event kicked off with the In Bloom awards, where all the resident groups who had achieved regional success with their environmental work were acknowledged by New Charter. 

This was followed by awards to recognise brave residents who have made a stand against anti-social behaviour this year.  Many of the individuals recognised had suffered serious nuisance throughout the year and had taken the brave step of agreeing to be witnesses to help New Charter take enforcement action through the court process. 

And last but not least were the Stars that Shine awards. These awards are a public recognition for those who have made a difference to their community, either by being part of a community initiative, making a stand against anti-social behaviour, turning a troubled life around or simply being a good neighbour.

The awards are split into 5 categories: Leading females, males, couples, teams and groups. And the winners were:

Leading Females: Michelle Phillips, Yvonne McConnell and Vera Anderton

Leading Males: Stephen Wardle, David Pinnock and Arthur Rowbottom

Leading Couples: Margaret & Don Dargavel, Diane& Daniel Murphy and Belinda & Taff Jeffrey 

Leading Group: Audenshaw Community Association, Hazlehurst/Gorsey Garden and MERA

Leading Team: French Exchange Partnership, Second Generation and Tenant Management Team.

Emma Wilson, New Charter’s Director of Communities said: “By publicly acknowledging the amazing activity undertaken by our tenants encourages further involvement by others. This year has proven that tenants in our neighbourhoods are truly committed and fully deserve the recognition they have received.”

Of all the awards presented on the evening one really shone out. Yvonne McConnell, or Nana Yvonne, as she is known by the children she makes meals for, received the most nominations. Yvonne is now Chair of the residents association in which she was instrumental in setting up. She organises coffee mornings, play groups, children’s events and parties. Yvonne is fundamental in bringing together the community in which she lives and is respected by everyone she comes into contact with, a true shining star!  

The night was a spectacular affair which was enjoyed by everyone.  Well done to all those who were recognised.


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