Home Champions of Change 2018

Home Champions of Change 2018

Meet the winners in the Home category at the Champions of Change Awards 2018.

Unsung heroes from across Great Britain and Ireland will be honoured at the fifth annual awards night in Cardiff on 18th May.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff will host the event in the City Hall, along with other local dignitaries and supporting Rotarians.

The winners¬†will be presented with their awards by National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ Chair Peter Kellner and President Denis Spiller.

They have all been chosen for outstanding and inspirational work at home and abroad.

Any Rotary member can aspire to become a champion.

CormacCormac Doyle

Cormac’s work in the area of mental health with a particular focus on armed forces veterans has been recognised with Rotary Champions of Change.

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After Cormac completed 25 years’ military service, he recognised that there was a lack of clinical mental health treatment for veterans.

He founded The Bridge Charity to provide the specialist support.

He has taken his work into HMP Oakwood and has also helped to develop a programme delivering mental health training to prisoners. 

Michael HarveyMichael Harvey

Michael will be awarded for his work to address social isolation in his community.

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Mike developed Bridging Generations, an inter-generational programme.

The group works with six local assisted living facilities to plan events and engaging activities for the residents, including coffee and doughnut socials, jewellery making and bingo.

Older people, who were at risk of isolation, are brought together with health and social care students twice a month.

They meet, chat and enjoy refreshments in Chichester College. Students have a greater understand of how devastating isolation can be and the participants enjoy a great day out. 

Sarah NewcombeSarah Newcombe

Sarah will be honoured in Cardiff for her incredible work to help the homeless by starting Streets Kitchen.

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She discovered that from Friday morning until Monday morning, there was no provision for homeless people at all.

For six weeks the kitchen was outdoors until Sarah spoke to the Wishing Well charity which allowed her to move the kitchen into the Jubilee House Community Centre.

Visitors could find a warm place to rest where they received a three course balanced meal, food for next day, sleeping bags and clean clothes as well as personal items such as toothbrushes, vitamins and more.

She is supported by her Rotary team and an army of volunteers.

DanielDaniel O’Reilly

Daniel will be congratulated for his work at the Parents Accommodation Unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin with the Rotary Champions of Change award.

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He wanted to repay the incredible care he received at the hospital and with Rotary support, took on an ambitious project to revamp the 45 rooms.

Daniel’s inspiring approach secured the skills of carpenters for free, including a former carpentry lecturer who shared the plea with pupils, and successfully found volunteers to help with clean-up days and other physical work.

Tom YendellTom Yendell

Tom, Four Marks and Medstead Rotary, is being honoured for his outstanding work to create the perfect holiday facilities for disabled guests.

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Recognising how difficult it is to find adequate holiday accommodation with enough space, flat access and adapted equipment required to make a stay possible, Tom, who has physical disabilities, took action to remedy the situation.

The idea was to create identical three-bedroomed holiday bungalows which will allows people with severe disabilities and their families to enjoy holidays where their needs are catered for.

With the support of his club, the¬†Flat Spaces‘ vision has become a reality and has received incredible backing from Councillor Glynis Watts of East Hampshire District Council, specialist equipment suppliers OpeMed and Pressalit and builder Dan Wood.

He has succeeded in raising £300,000 for the project, which is now being expanded to provide bungalows in other parts of the country.