Put your hero in the limelight with the WHT Community Awards

PUBLISHED: 15:25 26 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:25 26 April 2018

DS Stephen Hynes. Picture: Herts Police

DS Stephen Hynes. Picture: Herts Police


Anyone wanting a dose of positivity need look no further than the Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards nominations.

The Space team L-R: Kayleigh Bracaliello, Patty Quiroz, Susanna Mateu, Nicky Chaperlin, Clare Brillus and Karen Spencer. Picture: Joanne Lewis PhotographyThe Space team L-R: Kayleigh Bracaliello, Patty Quiroz, Susanna Mateu, Nicky Chaperlin, Clare Brillus and Karen Spencer. Picture: Joanne Lewis Photography

The 2018 Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards, in association with the Howard Centre and sponsored by HRJ Foreman Laws, Oaklands College and Morgan Sindall, launched in March and have already begun to bring community heroes to light.

Nominated in the Charity Champions category, Space has been supporting families with children with autism and ADHD since 2007.

Coordinator Susanna Mateu said: “We believe in building bridges between the families and professionals.”

Run mostly by volunteers, the charity holds support meetings across Hertfordshire, including in Hatfield and Welwyn, organising conferences and managing a 3,000-strong Facebook group.

Special education needs coordinator Amy Gammon said: “They offer real support to families managing very challenging situations.”

Hatfield mother Amy Jeffries sung Space’s praises. “They have helped me and my family in more ways than they will ever know.

“They are literally a support network, like gold dust.”

Meanwhile, the Service to the Community category is becoming a veritable Mount Olympus of worthy nominees.

One of the nominees, Detective Sergeant Stephen Hynes, has “gone over and above” in keeping Welwyn Hatfield safe, according to his colleague Matt Henderson.

DS Hynes has combined his social media savvy with his engagement with communities - often on his days off.

Having volunteered to manage the integrating of Special Constables with patrols, he’s ensured that at peak times there’s double the numbers of officers on the streets.

Matt said this “has played a big part in crime deterrence, and leads the county in numbers on duty.”

To let your community hero shine, you can still nominate until June 15 for the Charity Champions and Service to the Community categories, as well as for School of the Year, Role Model of the Year, Parent in a Million, Valiant Volunteer, Carer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, the Good Neighbour award, and Young Achiever.

See www.whtcommunityawards.com for further details.

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