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A pandemic hero and Salix Homes employee who devoted his time to volunteering while on furlough has been named Volunteer of the Year in the Spirit of Salford Community Awards 2021. Steve Finbow, from Higher Broughton, has worked as our business change project manager for five years, but when he was placed on furlough last year he decided to put his spare time to good use and do his bit for the Covid-19 relief effort. He began volunteering at food poverty charity The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT) last year, but when he was placed on furlough in April 2020 he was able to dedicate more time to the charity, signing up as their volunteer co-ordinator based at their warehouse in Trafford Park. Steve volunteered seven days a week, co-ordinating the other volunteers and sourcing donations. He also managed to grow the volunteering team from just a dozen when he first started to a 120-strong team operating 275 shifts a week. During 2020, the Bread and Butter Thing delivered 3.2million meals to people in need. Steve said: Since returning to work at Salix Homes, Steve has continued to volunteer for the charity in his spare time. Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: Mark Game, CEO of TBBT said: Salix Homes tenant Susan Hinder also picked up a Spirit of Salford Award being named Neighbour of the Year in recognition of all she does to support her community in Pendleton. The Spirit of Salford Community Awards 2021 recognised people and public services that made a difference in Salford during the pandemic. The winners were announced at a virtual ceremony hosted by City Mayor Paul Dennett and BBC presenter Emma Goswell. Famous Salfordians Peter Hook, Catherine Tyldesley and Stephen Lord also joined the ceremony to pay their own tributes to the Salford heroes. View the full list of winners here
Outstanding Salford residents, volunteers, and public servants who have helped Salford through the COVID-19 pandemic were recognised at the Spirit of Salford Community Awards 2021. The winners were announced at a special virtual awards ceremony (Thursday 4 March). Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Winners of the awards were: Chosen by a public vote: Citizen of the year: Gemma Fish Gemma is the driving force behind Walkden and Little Hulton Step Into Action, which has made a tremendous difference to the community during the pandemic, helping people with shopping, collecting medicines and dog walking. Gemma has founded a charity shop and community hub to sell clothing, furniture and toys at reasonable prices. The income from these activities is used to provide food parcels, hot meals, and welfare packs to vulnerable people. Community group of the year: Salford Loaves and Fishes Salford Loaves and Fishes is a charity that does tremendous work to help vulnerable people and reduce rough sleeping in Salford. The charity warmly welcomes anyone needing their support and offers food, showering and washing facilities, clothes, support and advice. Public servant of the year: Anthony Lord Anthony is a dedicated and passionate youth worker who works for Salford City Council. Anthony works tirelessly to ensure vulnerable children are looked after and safe. Throughout the pandemic he has arranged food parcels and arts and crafts activities to be delivered to families in Salford. Chosen by the judges: Spirit of Salford Special Recognition Award: the Mask Project During the early stages of the pandemic, when personal protective equipment (PPE) was in short supply, volunteers at the Mask Project worked tirelessly to provide masks for 5 hospitals across the north west including Salford Royal. By the end of the project, the team had manufactured over 30,000 visors, providing vital assistance to the NHS. Young person of the year: Beth Pilling and Westley Myerscough Beth Pilling is balancing the final year of her adult nursing degree with being a mum to her young daughter. Throughout the pandemic, Beth has worked on the Respiratory wards at Bolton General Hospital, looking after very poorly COVID patients. Westley Myerscough has shown grit and resilience to overcome significant challenges. Westley has overcome a period when he was not in education, employment or training after he left school and – having excelled in a virtual course – has recently been successful in applying for a job with the Crown Prosecution Service. Volunteer of the year: Alfrieda Kindon and Steve Finbow Alfrieda Kindon exemplifies the spirit of Salford and has dedicated over 40 years of her life to voluntary services for the diverse communities of Salford. A pioneer and visionary, she created a new community rugby league club in 1980, turning derelict premises in the Peel Green into a valued community facility. During the pandemic, Steve Finbow has been an inspiring and energetic volunteer, providing help and support to vulnerable Salford residents. Steve has been heavily involved in making welfare calls to residents and has been a volunteer co-ordinator for local food poverty charity That Bread and Butter Thing. Good neighbour of the year: Sue Hinder and Lynn Cullimore / Gilda Glee Club Sue is a caring and supportive neighbour who always looks out for the people that live near her. Over the years, she has organised lots of events and activities in her neighbourhood and has been especially supportive of children and young people. Lynn Cullimore helps to organise the Gilda Glee Club, a network of over 100 households in three connecting streets in Eccles where neighbours simply look out for each other. The group organises annual street parties where people come together to celebrate living in the streets. Best health achievement: GMCR Runners GMCR runners is a local, free community running group in Salford. They offer a vibrant community to those looking to make friends and be more active, with over 900 committed members. The group has adapted to the COVID-19 crisis by setting online challenges for members and have delivered food parcels to vulnerable residents during the lockdown periods. Best environmental improvement: Salford Litter Heroes Salford Litter Heroes are a group of committed volunteers who undertake frequent litter picks in the city, going out in all weather conditions to look after the environment, protect wildlife and make Salford a better place for everyone. Best community safety project: Taxis Transfers Taxis transfers is a local taxi firm that has played a remarkable role in Salford’s efforts to tackle the pandemic, providing a transport service to patients requiring a COVID-19 test and members of the COVID-19 home assessment nurses, and delivering meals to NHS staff. The awards were organised by Salford City Council, with sponsorship support from , Ladybird Private Day Nursery, TalkTalk, Salix Homes, Salford Royal Hospital, SCC Group, The Landing, the University of Salford and Social 7.
This coming 4th of March it is time once more for the city to pay tribute to the outstanding members of the public and public services that make a huge difference in Salford, with this years awards especially so much more important as our City has battled through some of the most difficult times in living memory. The awards are spread over seven category awards and four overall awards which have been sponsored by Salford based UK telecoms and internet provider TalkTalk Group, Lady Bird Nurseries, Salix Homes, Salford Royal Hospital, SCC Group, Social 7 and The Landing. To check out the list of finalists please follow the links below. Overall - Chosen by public vote Citizen of the Year Community Group of the Year Public Servant of the Year Category Awards - Decided by a panel of judges Spirit of Salford Special Recognition Award Young Person of the Year Volunteer of the Year Good Neighbour of the Year Best Health Achievement Best Environmental Improvement Best Community Safety Project With the deadline for nominations now passed it is time to announce and hand out the awards to the winners. We wish all nominees the best of luck. We will be publishing the names of all the winners on our website next Thursday.
As the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme continues to roll out across the city, Salford NHS CCG has issued an update. New cohorts announced in Salford As of today, the Salford NHS Vaccination Service is pleased to announce that we have begun inviting cohort seven, which includes all residents age 60 years and over. We will continue to work our way through vaccinating cohort six (who were invited last week), which includes; adult carers; people invited for annual long term condition checks with their GP; and people invited by the NHS for an annual flu jab (excluding asthmatics). As always, patients within these cohorts are encouraged to book their appointments online ASAP at www.salford.nhsvaccinations.co.uk or alternatively by calling 0800 953 0116. Second doses Appointments for second doses will be offered from the end of March / start of April. Please ensure you remind people at all opportunities the importance of attending for the second dose, as this will further boost their immune system response and offer them a longer period of protection against COVID-19. Housebound Patients who are unable to attend a community vaccine site and have not yet had a home visit are now being asked to contact the telephone booking centre on 0800 953 0116, where we will review whether it is possible for someone to visit their home and give them their vaccine there. Meanwhile Salford Mayor Paul Dennett has shared the latest data on the vaccine roll out across Salford which reveals that as of Weds 24th Feb, there have been a staggering 45,020 doses of the vaccines administered across Salford's 3 community hubs in Eccles, Clarendon and Irlam as well as it's outreach sites. This is a phenomenal effort by any standards and with every jab, another Salfordian is given protection against the worst of the virus.