A volunteer who runs a recycling programme; chairman of the Wokingham Town and Evendons Neighbourhood Action Group; and the Involved Tenant volunteers are recipients of Wokingham Borough Mayor’s Roll of Honour awards for outstanding commitment and contributions to the area.
The awards have been on hold since the start of Coronavirus pandemic. However, as the council is unable to reinstate the presentation in its original format, Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Malcolm Richards wanted to still honour those members of the community who were due to receive their awards in March.
Alison Chaney from Ali’s Recycling for the Local Community, passionately runs a local recycling scheme and has raised more than £14,000 for local schools and community groups. Nominated by Melanie Roan, Carole Thompson and Dave Lamont, Ali collects many different items for recycling, from crisp packets to coffee pods and toothpaste tubes to biscuit wrappers.
She approached local businesses to ask them to host recycling bins. Alison drives to pick up and replace recycling bins, fills her garage with them, sorts the recycling then packs and sends it to TerraCycle and other schemes – all of which she does unpaid. TerraCycle UK turn these into recycled products. For doing this she earns points which then gets turned into money for her chosen charity. She also has a very active Facebook page.
Neighbourhood unsung hero
Chairman of Wokingham Town and Evendons Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) Ken Rowlands has been nominated by Cllr Sarah Kerr.
Ken has lived in the area for decades and has, and continues, to be an active member of the community. Through his work for the NAG, Ken works tirelessly with residents, councillors and the police to make the area a great place to live and is a real beacon in the community. Residents know that they can go to Ken who will help in any way he can, and he organises community events such as the litter picks.
Hard work and commitment
Nominated by Jen Challis, the Involved Tenant volunteers of the Neighbourhood and Communities Group has been recognised for its hard work in organising the community fun days and also Carols in the Courts which take place every December.
This group meets monthly and monitors and reviews the standards of Wokingham Borough Council’s housing service around its neighbourhoods and communities, e.g. antisocial behaviour, neighbourhood management and community houses. As well as organising the community fun days they also attend the estate walkabouts to monitor the service provided to tenants.
Cllr Malcolm Richards, Borough Mayor, said: “It is clear from these nominations that we have many committed volunteers in our borough who take enormous pride in their local communities and work tirelessly to make a difference. I am delighted to be able to honour these unsung heroes in our community and thank them for all their hard work and commitment.”
Due to the uncertainty about the duration of Coronavirus pandemic, and in order to avoid building a large backlog of awards, it has been decided to pause the current Roll of Honour award until further notice. All previous nominations will be kept on file and considered for an award once it is possible to re-start.