Bradford Community Stars – Good Neighbours
Every year Bradford Council in partnership with the Telegraph & Argus holds the Community Star Awards. We ask members of the public to help us find ‘can do’ people who really make a difference.
Through our Good Neighbour category we ask the public to let us know about the people in their neighbourhoods who through their acts of kindness help to make it a better place to live.
Winner 2015 – Mr Mohammed Saddique
Mr Saddique is a recently retired taxi driver who noticed that one of his regular female customers hadn’t used the taxi service for two weeks. Concerned that something might be wrong he went accompanied with his daughter, Farah and knocked on her door. After getting no response he alerted the police. On gaining entry the women was found to be a very poorly and was taken to hospital. During her stay in hospital Mr Saddique and Farah visited her as she had no family. They bought her some new nightwear and essentials to make her stay more comfortable. Since her return home Mr Saddique regularly checks through his former taxi colleagues that she is still using the service regularly. he has also given her his phone number so she can call him if she needs anything.
Winner 2014 – Mr Tommy Barratt
Tommy is active in his local community where he volunteers as befriender. He organises a group of men who are also befrienders and together they visit older men in the area who are isolated and housebound. For Tommy who is now in his eighties befriending keeps him active and involved. Through his work in the community Tommy got to know of a 92 year old man who was very ill. He has supported him through his illness with regular visits making sure that he has what he needs and that he is no longer isolated. Tommy is also an actively involved in the Men’s Group at the Eccleshill Mechanics Institute .
Winner 2013 – James Brown
James was described as a fantastic neighbour who looks after the neighbourhood. He puts the whole roads bins out on a weekly basis and he helps the owner of the local shop keeper at the cash and carry with the heavy goods.
As well as being a good neighbour James is an excellent ambassador for young people with learning disabilities who are looking for someone to act as a role model and mentor to follow.
James is the founder of People First Keighley & Craven after he identified a need for people with learning disabilities. The project works to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. it enables them to choose the social activities they would like to do and to spend time with friends.
Winner 2012 – Zena Mozil
Zena was described as the ‘best neighbour you could ever imagine. not only does Zena do the shopping for an elderly disable lady but she also looks after her neighbours pets and gardens when they are on holiday. She loves children and loves talking to all the local children in the street. her phone is always busy as she is in demand all the time. Even her ex neighbours call around to her house to see her as she is a very caring and determined lady.
Zena has lived in Shipley since 1947 from war torn Poland. Since then she has developed a huge social network with people of many different nationalities. She is multi lingual and can communicate in many European languages. As well as being a good neighbour Zena volunteers at the Polish Club where she helps with the luncheon club for the elderly.
Winner 2011 – Vera Allott
Vera Allott, 84, has dedicated most of her life to helping others working as a home carer for Bradford Council for 20 years and after retiring continuing to support people in need. Mrs Allott, of Thurley Road, East Bowling, visited a blind elderly neighbour three times a day for 16 years.
Vera has also helped other residents over the years, washing clothes, taking them to hospital and doctors’ appointments and doing their shopping.She has also been a church youth worker and now regularly attends services at St John’s Church in Bowling.