Community Hero Award 2012
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.