Blackburn sisters honoured for their community centre work

Lancashire Telegraph: Doreen Mitchell and Christine Connell with their awards Doreen Mitchell and Christine Connell with their awards

TWO sisters from Blackburn have been recognised at the Good Neighbour Awards, an annual event organised by Places for People to celebrate the positive contribution of residents.

Doreen Mitchell and her sister Christine Connell were nominated for the award by local residents for the work they do at the Ivy Street Community Centre.

The centre is open seven days a week and is supported by a team of 15 volunteers.

Between them, Doreen and Christine spend more than 100 hours a week volunteering at the centre.

As well as undertaking administration tasks, they also organise children’s parties, sewing workshops and co-ordinate the annual Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve party.

Doreen and Christine, alongside 38 Places for People customers and their guests, were invited to a special lunch in York where they received their award from Places for People chief executive, David Cowans.

Doreen Mitchell: said: “This is not something we feel we deserve. We’re just ordinary people doing something that we like and enjoy.

“The whole community pulls together where we live, so it’s wonderful to see the centre thriving and everyone enjoying what it has to offer.

“Vicki Dargue, customer relations manager at Places for People, said: “Doreen and Christine are a fine example of how important good neighbours really are.”

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10:26pm Mon 28 Oct 13

2 for 5p says...

THWACK
" HEY whats that noise "
" Oh that's just the rest of the community getting a slap across the face"
THWACK " HEY whats that noise " " Oh that's just the rest of the community getting a slap across the face" 2 for 5p

11:43pm Mon 28 Oct 13

woolywords says...

Idiot, this award recognises ALL that has been done in that community by these ladies..
It's an well deserved accolade, which should encourage others to be like minded. These 'busy body' women have used quiet words, to move mountains for our residents, be they young, old or just alone..
By being recognised, it speaks volumes about the little things that they do, for those whom are too shy to speak up.
Whilst I don't agree with the closure of parts of Mosley Street, I appreciate their intent to make life, both an happy and safe environ for those residents.
They remind me of the 'Dinner Ladies' of my childhood, those caring people, who give up their own time, just to make a difference.
(Am somewhat biased, as Christine gave me tea and biscuits, (chocolate ones,) the first time I met her. I was only there to bend the ear of Maureen Bateson but I got choccy ones. So in my book, she can do no harm. And, got a result from Maureen, whom I continue to lambaste with my poor opinions of.)
Well done, ladies!
Idiot, this award recognises ALL that has been done in that community by these ladies.. It's an well deserved accolade, which should encourage others to be like minded. These 'busy body' women have used quiet words, to move mountains for our residents, be they young, old or just alone.. By being recognised, it speaks volumes about the little things that they do, for those whom are too shy to speak up. Whilst I don't agree with the closure of parts of Mosley Street, I appreciate their intent to make life, both an happy and safe environ for those residents. They remind me of the 'Dinner Ladies' of my childhood, those caring people, who give up their own time, just to make a difference. (Am somewhat biased, as Christine gave me tea and biscuits, (chocolate ones,) the first time I met her. I was only there to bend the ear of Maureen Bateson but I got choccy ones. So in my book, she can do no harm. And, got a result from Maureen, whom I continue to lambaste with my poor opinions of.) Well done, ladies! woolywords

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