LDG Award 2021 - Recipients Announced
The Leslie D Gale Award was instituted in 1994, as a tribute to the late Mr Gale, who was the last Chairman of Dursley Parish Council and the first Mayor of Dursley, and who served the community in so many ways. The Leslie D Gale Award not only recognises longevity of service to the community but also impact.
Dursley Town Council is very aware that young people also contribute to the community, and that their work should be recognised. Nominations do not have to be for individuals; in past years groups have also been successfully nominated.
The recipients of the 2021 awards were announced at the online Annual Assembly on the 27th April 2021. They will be presented their certificates on 10th July 2021 at the Summer Festival.
The recipients of this year's Leslie D Gale awards are Charlotte Tuckwell, Sarah Lancaster and the GL11 Community Hub.
Susan (Charlotte's Mum) has nominated her 16 year old daughter Charlotte Tuckwell for the Leslie D Gale award. Like many families the last year has been difficult for the Tuckwell family due to Covid 19.
During the first lock down she was very upset about her exams being cancelled as she was year 11. However, due to her parents being keyworkers she not only helped look after the house she took over the care of her brothers Oscar (8) and Tom (12).
Charlotte offered to home school her brother during lockdown , which she did religiously until the schools went back. She took him out for walks, made home made lemonade with him. Spent hours trying to get him to concentrate on English and helped him get a blue peter badge.
She helped Tom by trying to help him keep in touch with friends and get ideas from the school and taking him to football.
She volunteered at Cam Hopton school and brownies and take part in taekwondo whilst having a part time job.
She has taken her brother to school (Rednock and Woodfields)
Susan really doesn't know what her family or friends would of done without her this year and she has really gone above and beyond what a 16 year old would be expected to do.
Sarah is receiving this award for her services to Dursley by coordinating the Sew for Keyworkers Glos and the Community Mask Trees in Cam , Dursley and the local area.
This was a massive undertaking: sourcing the fabric, recruiting the sewing volunteers (and knitters), recruiting people to host the Community Mask Trees and then keeping them stocked, then distributing the masks and PPE equipment which have proved to be very popular.
The Sew for Keyworkers Glos and Community Mask group have created in the region of 15,000 handmade items and raised over £8,000 for local charities.
GL11 Community Hub
GL11 are receiving this award as a recognition of their service to Dursley during this pandemic.
This has included at the beginning of the first lockdown setting up telephone hub which took over 3000 telephone calls in the first month.
The huge effort to set up and organise more than 300 Street Volunteers to visit every house in Cam & Dursley; sharing information on support from GL11 and other local organisations, establishing which local residents needed support. The Street Volunteers provided grocery and medicines deliveries, helping our most vulnerable residents.
Throughout the pandemic GL11 have continued to provide this practical help – shopping and prescription collection for anyone shielding or isolating, providing information on benefits, financial advice and employment support. They have provided tablets to those unable to contact families during lockdown.
They have provided emotional support & a listening ear to those who have experienced loneliness and/or isolation including hosting online social sessions.
They have managed an Emergency Foodbank for those families most in need from the Cam based hub and helped deliver thousands of meals in the area.
Currently they are aiding the local vaccination programme by managing the site at the Vale Community Hospital. Over 100 volunteers have been sourced and trained to help.