Yorkshire awards 2012
Yorkshire awards 2012

Community Hero Award 2012

Sam Oldroyd

Presented by Steve Hall General Manager, Hilton Leeds City Hotel.

Sam Oldroyd is the Founder and Business Development Manager of Just Another Dance Event, a drop-in centre for young people in Kiveton Park, Rotherham.

The group, were initially met with opposition from the local parish council, down to a lack of understanding. Over the long term this resulted in a strong partnership between Jade and the local police. Now they work together on a number of events.

The group secured a property on the local high street. From here, Jade runs services ranging from regular drop-in facilities to music technology, DJ skills, courses and discussion groups on issues on a range of topics. Some paid-for services help to finance their charitable activities.

Over the years, the group has seen significant falls in crime rates. It is a great example of what can be achieved by engaging young people at a grass roots level.

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