As 2020 comes to a close, ENGIE Ltd, together with Leeds Jewish Housing Association, have been celebrating the inspirational work of residents who have made a contribution to the community during Covid-19.
ENGIE, who are currently working with LJHA on the Queenshill Development, were keen to recognise those individuals who have gone the extra mile to provide assistance and support to other people, whether fellow LJHA residents or the wider community.
A total of 6 people across a range of LJHA developments and properties, were nominated by LJHA staff, receiving gifts courtesy of Sweet Treats, and recognised for helping other people in a variety of ways.
Simon Phillips, Community Engagement Officer at LJHA helped to organise the initiative with Juliet Bennett, Community Liaison Officer at ENGIE Ltd. Simon said: “It’s been a difficult year for everyone in so many ways. The selfless work undertaken by this group of residents is something that we wanted to celebrate. What struck me was how humble everyone was when we knocked on their doors to say thank you”.
Ellie Sheaf and Lucas Baker from High Moor Close were nominated for buying items of shopping for their neighbours who were unable to go out themselves due to lockdown.
Ellie is pictured here with her gift.
Lucas is pictured with Simon Phillips
Sylvia and Ken Hebden from Stonegate Way were rewarded for commencing a long-term sponsorship of a family in need at the beginning of December.
Fellow Stonegate Way residents Val King and Pat Dapin have been running social events for residents for the past 9 years, including pizza evenings, bingo and afternoon teas on a Sunday. With Covid having prevented communal activities, both have been a listening ear for residents with any queries or concerns, as well as ringing anyone who may feel isolated. Pat and Val are pictured with Juliet Bennett.
Danielle Sapherson of Queenshill Avenue, with support from Peter North and Kym Keogh, have been delivering food, clothing, bedding and other supplies to those in need as part of the ‘Food from the heart’ organisation. Danielle and her fellow volunteers have established links with multiple agencies across Leeds, including children’s’ centres and women’s refuges.
Juliet Bennett explained how “At ENGIE, we’re not just about bricks and mortar. This year has affected us all in some way and we wanted to celebrate the positives that come from such adversities, the unsung heroes who are making a difference to people’s lives by their very acts of kindness. It’s been a pleasure to meet the people who are selflessly donating or giving their time to help others cope during Covid. Thank you for all that you do”.
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