Auntie Pam’s pick up prestigious Community Involvement award
Auntie Pam’s the local based organisation that supports mums, mums to be and their babies has won the LGC Community Involvement award.
Auntie Pam’s our public health service and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local people who visit its drop in centres in Dewsbury and Huddersfield.
The awards took place on 15 March at London’s Grosvenor House, it was the 20th year of the LGC Awards, one of the most prestigious events in the local government calendar.
The Community Involvement award recognises local government initiatives that involve the local community in ways they may not have done in the past.
After review by a panel of judges, made up of senior and influential figures from the public sector, our team and the Auntie Pam’s volunteer representatives behind our service were presented with the Community Involvement award .
The Judges commented,
This council has created a service which meets essential needs which have been mainstreamed to continue its community impact.”
Nick Golding, LGC’s editor, said before the awards were presented by actor Stephen Mangan:
It is vital that we celebrate the best of local government, not least as the talent and innovation of council officers and councillors is often not recognised to the extent it should be.
The recipients of the awards are the people doing the most to improve services at a time resources are constrained. We should thank them for their great work.”
Cllr Viv Kendrick, our Cabinet Member for Early Intervention said:
This is fantastic news for the council, and Auntie Pam’s Peer Support Network. The competition was fierce and winning this award is testament to the continued dedication of the team behind the service. As times change for local councils we need to work more closely with the local community, so that we can continue to deliver a ‘gold’ standard service – Auntie Pam’s is an excellent example of how this is already working to great effect.
The service couldn’t run without the commitment of the peer supporters so they deserve recognition for this achievement just as much as public health team.”