Community champ is the first citizen

Calderdale's Citizen of the Year awards
Calderdale's Citizen of the Year awards

An 18-year-old community champion has won the first Calderdale Citizen of the Year award.

Kirsty Healey, of Ovenden, was honoured with the recognition for her community spirit by getting involved in a number of voluntary activities.

Kirsty said: “I feel very blessed to be able to do a job that I love and have such a passion for, so being awarded for something that I enjoy doing is something very great. I think that the nominees are all fantastic people with a great story behind them and all deserve the appreciation given.”

The community hero started volunteering at the St George’s Youth Project, Ovenden, at 13-years-old because she said that she lacked confidence in herself and wanted to give herself a chance to aim towards a successful career.

Since, Kirsty has continued to involve herself with the Project and has been working on the Groundwork Project - which provides young people aged between 12 and 16 to learn art, woodwork and cooking skills.

The borough’s heroes who have made a big difference to their communities were recognised by Calderdale Council at the award ceremony at the Halifax Town Hall this week.

The awards celebrate individuals, groups and organisations who go the extra mile to support people in the community. Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Pat Allen, said: “There are so many individuals, groups and organisations in Calderdale making a huge impact every day, and we wanted to formally thank and award them. This was the first ever Calderdale-wide award event and I’m delighted that it will be held annually. The atmosphere was fantastic and it was great to see so much local pride, and people gathering together from different areas.”

Residents in each ward in Calderdale nominated their community stars and the winners were chosen by ward councillors. Each ward winner then went through to the final.