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Results announced for the Making a Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards

Local Government Yorkshire and Humber (LGYH) has presented the prestigious Making a Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards for 2012, celebrating the workers and front line staff from councils, police, fire and national park authorities who have gone that extra mile to make a difference to the lives of local people.

North East Lincolnshire Council was the big winner of the night, taking home 4 awards – including the Overall Achievement Award, dubbed the ‘Winner of Winners’. As well as winning this award the Council’s ‘Vulnerable Young People’s Project’ also won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative and Partnership Working. North East Lincolnshire Council’s Starlight Unit won the award for Health and Wellbeing in Communities and Social Worker Keith Williamson was jointly named Public Sector Worker of the Year. He collected the award with Harry Morton from South Yorkshire Police who shared the prize.

Bradford MD Council was also a big winner – receiving two awards on the night. Councillor Val Slater won the Elected Member of the Year Award and the City Park won the Outstanding Contribution to Unlocking Local Economic Growth.

Scarborough Borough Council won the Environmental award for their Community Environment Unit and Cllr Derek Bastiman, Deputy Leader of the Council was the recipient of the Chair’s Award – for his commitment and drive involving the All Party Parliamentary Group for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

City of York Council followed up some recent success in the Public Service Awards with a win for GeniUS! York in the Service Improvement and Innovation Category. Other winners included Leeds City Council for their innovative international partnership work with South Africa; Barnsley Council who won the Strong and Harmonious Communities Category for their Joining the Dots initiative; Doncaster Council who received the 2012 Award for Culture and Sport for their ‘Community Managed Libraries’ and Wakefield Council, whose Training to Travel for disabled people won the Local Authority Workforce and Skills Award.

Cllr Mehboob Khan, Chair of LGYH said: “These awards celebrate the best of local government – those officers and Elected Members who work tirelessly for communities and local people but who often go unrewarded.

My congratulations go out to all the winners and nominees in this year’s awards. Especially to North East Lincolnshire Council for winning the Overall Achievement Award, as well as three others. Bradford Council also did well by winning two awards, including one to Elected Member of the Year Cllr Val Slater. I was pleased to have the opportunity to present a special Chair’s Award, which this year went to Councillor Derek Bastiman from Scarborough Borough Council – whose great efforts have ensured that we continue to work strongly and effectively with our regional MPs and local businesses.

Despite the enormous pressures on Local Authorities over the past couple of years, these Awards demonstrate how we are continuing to deliver for our citizens and businesses, by developing stronger and more effective ways of working. And I think they also show how important it is that we get together as local government, to deal with the challenges we face collectively, celebrate our successes together, and innovate by learning from each other. We are in tough times – with further, probably tougher times ahead as public spending cutbacks really start to bite. But we’ve shown as councils that we have a lot in common and we’re stronger by tackling our problems and challenges together.”

The Making a Difference Awards are completely funded by corporate sponsorship and cost nothing for either LGYH to host, or Local Authorities to attend. LGYH would like to thank YPO, AmeyCespa, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, Bang Marketing, HayGroup, NPS Group and the LGA for their support.

Making a Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards Results 2012

Making a Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards Results 2012Making a Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards Results 2012

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