Two Bath residents, including a six-year old with a passion for keeping his community looking great, have been crowned Curo’s 2019 Community Heroes at the housing association’s annual Residents’ Conference held on 17 and 18 September.
Joint winners of the inaugural Curo Community Hero Award were Bath residents Oliver Brooke and Lily Johnson, with the Tintagel Close residents’ association in Keynsham picking up the Community Award. All were nominated by fellow Curo residents for the positive difference they have made in their neighbourhoods.
Six-year-old community hero Oliver Brooke first became involved during one of Curo’s action days at Rosewell Court where he lives. Oliver loved helping out so much that when the local residents’ association asked for litter pickers to keep the estate tidy, Oliver was among the first to volunteer. He is now a regular litter-picker and is out with his community every week helping to keep his neighbourhood tidy.
The Curo Community Hero Award was shared with Lily Johnson of St John’s Court, a Curo sheltered housing scheme in Bathwick. Lily was nominated for the care she shows for her elderly neighbours, and for the endless energy she brings in helping to organise numerous events, from coffee mornings and quizzes to fundraising activities.
L-R Liz Potter (Chair of Curo) and Sharon Tucker (Chair of Tintagel Residents’ Association)
Residents of Tintagel Close in Keynsham were the winners of the Curo Community Award, receiving a cheque for £500 to spend on further neighbourhood initiatives.
Curo Chief Executive Victor da Cunha said: “We know that many people do amazing work in their community without the recognition they deserve. We wanted to highlight some of the residents who are often unrecognised community champions; people who make their communities better places to live.”
“We also hope that in launching these Curo Community Awards, others will be inspired to get involved, or even perhaps nominate others, in years to come.”
Curo can help residents to get more involved in their community, for example by setting up residents’ associations or organising litter picks. We have grants of up to £500 available for initiatives that benefit Curo residents. Find out more here.
Pictured (top), L-R: Victor da Cunha (CEO of Curo), Oliver Brooke, Liz Potter (Chair or Curo) and Lily Johnson