Honours for Keynsham's community heroes

Published on: 07 Dec 2012

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Honours for Keynsham's community heroes

Keynsham volunteers were among those picking up awards at a ceremony celebrating the people making a big difference to their communities.

Trisha Williams was presented with the Volunteer Leader of the Year Award at Bath & North East Somerset Council Chairman’s Community & Business Awards for her work to  support families living with autism. Trisha Williams with Cllr Rob Appleyard

Described as a “pioneer”, Trisha founded Butterflies-Haven in 2009 to provide services now relied upon by many families across the district, including a range of activities for youngsters, and advice, support and social groups for parents and siblings. 

Trisha said: “I was stunned to receive the award. It was lovely to have the opportunity to raise awareness of the work we are doing. We are rather unique and we have a waiting list growing daily for places. To have our work put out there a little bit more is really important, as we want to let the community know what we provide. The people who decided to give us the award obviously recognise the need for our service.”

Former Bath & North East Somerset councillor Adrian Inker was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for the many years he served Keynsham.

He said: “To be acknowledged in this way by the community that I was privileged to serve  is something that I will always be proud of. I would like to thank the residents of Keynsham South for putting their trust in me for so many years,  particularly to the members of the community that have worked with me on so many projects over the years.  Their efforts also need to be acknowledged.” Adrian Inker with Cllr Rob Appleyard

He said 20 years as a councillor had brought many highlights, including the setting up of Somer Housing Trust, now Curo, the town’s health park and the building of the new St Keyna School.

He added: “But for me, I take great pride in the setting up of the Keynsham South Forum which brought into being Community@67, Keynsham Older People’s Social Group (KOPS) and the Abbotts Wood Group. All these groups are now working to improve the quality of life for local people.”

Among the others honoured were the Wansdyke Scouts Adult Leader Team, who won a Special Quest award. Dave Cable, a volunteer at Community@67, was highly commended in the Volunteer of the Year category, while Clare Hudson, Community@67’s chair,  was highly commended in the Volunteer Leader of the Year category. Wansdyke Scouts Adult Leader Team

The awards were presented by B&NES chairman Rob Appleyard. They were organised in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Bath & North East Somerset, Curo (formerly Somer Community Housing Trust), the Student Community Partnership and the Quest project.

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