Community Spirit Awards 2015: Happy faces make it all worthwhile

Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby, winner Liz Childs and sponsor Tracy Harvey from Harveys.
Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby, winner Liz Childs and sponsor Tracy Harvey from Harveys.

outstanding individual achievement - sponsored by harveys of halifax

This award recognises a person who has demonstrated dedication, professionalism and integrity throughout the career.

And Liz Childs, the manager of Mixenden Parents Resource Centre, Stanningley Road, was one very worthy winner of this award.

Liz goes beyond her duties to help everyone, often working extremely long hours.

Open since the 1980s, the centre has often struggled to find funding, but Liz has persevered in the face of adversity and works tirelessly to promote health and education.

She ensures the centre offers training in a wide range of activities, promotes healthy living, runs a lunch club, a nursery, plus an advice centre.

The centre equips people with the skills they need to make informed and positive life choices.

Those who know Liz say she will always go the extra mile to help everyone and do her absolute best to assist those in need.

And Liz dedicated the award to her team of staff who work with her to empower and enrich the lives of Mixenden residents.

She said: “I’m really honoured - I’ve won this for the staff in the centre. It’s a full team and I don’t do anything without them, it’s for us all, and the people who use the centre.

“We see a massive impact, we see people with happy faces and that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

Also shortlisted in this category were Angela Curran, for her work with the ‘Brighouse Friends of Overgate’ group and Angela Everson, chief executive of WomenCentre.