Proud night for Waterford: Two community groups win Pride of Place awards
It was a great evening for Waterford at the annual Pride of Place awards, where two of the county’s three nominees walked away with the top prize.
The Déise Day Centre in Dungarvan was awarded the prize for Community Wellbeing, while Alexander Street in Waterford City picked up the award for Urban Neighbourhoods with a population under 1,000.
The Irish Public Bodies (IPB) Pride of Place awards are an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland, focusing on people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities.
“This is a superb example of a community project that is dynamic, extremely well managed, provides an invaluable range of services and constantly looks for new and better ways in which activities can be expanded,” is how the judges described the Deise Day Care centre, which is a “home away from home” for people aged 65 years and over.
The centre provides a safe environment where members can meet and join in social and therapeutic activities, while delivering high-level of care and service and daily cooked meals. Many daily activities and services are provided keeping members active and engaged e.g. Yoga, Oil Painting, Singing, Music & Dance and lots more.
The Centre administers the Senior Alerts Scheme, a panic button system for elderly people in their homes. Allied to this is a Care and Repair service. In 2018, `Saoirse`, a trishaw bicycle, was acquired in association with Waterford Sports Partnership. This is operated by trained volunteers, who come to the Centre and give members spins around the town and on the Waterford Greenway.
Alexander Street is located in the heart of Waterford City and is a mix of modern and older houses dating from the 1920s. The resident’s association is in existence for over 14 years and was established to bring residents together to promote and enhance their local area and act as a voice for the community.
The judges describe the Alexander Street as: “Homely, convivial and happy.
“An active resident’s group is ensuring that this state of affairs endures. There are regular clean ups, community enhancement projects and, most important of all, social outings to enhance the lives of all the residents. The resident’s group is undoubtedly a crucial part of this charming enclave.”
Alexander Street Residents Association group aims to provide social activities for the community and to enhance community spirit. Historically, the association has addressed many issues and concerns within the community, e.g. environmental clean ups, parking, traffic hazards etc. and has worked in partnership with the Council’s Estate Manager to identify solutions. It has also undertaken community enhancement projects including a fantastic flower display on show every year.