RESIDENTS on a borough estate are looking to clean up at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards.
Jarrow South Community Group has been nominated for Community Group of the Year for its work on improving the local area.
Chairman Carol Reed, of Wuppertal Court, Jarrow, said: “We are a very small group. We just started meeting about two-and-a-half years ago, to make the estate a better place.
“We try to put proposals forward to the council to make sure we get any slice of the pie that is going, which is what you need nowadays, because if you’re not there having a voice, you get forgotten.”
Flooding problems in the area have caused misery for residents – and securing new drainage has been one of the group’s success stories.
It has also supported the Big Local project, where lottery funding is being used to help improve 150 areas in England, including central Jarrow.
Emma Leggott, from South Tyneside Homes, who nominated the group, said: “They are an extremely committed group of ordinary people who have come together because they care.
“Even alongside their responsibilities as carers, mothers and full-time workers, they have worked tirelessly to bring about change and improvements that have and will benefit the whole estate.
“The group understand the importance of the Big Local project for the area and have supported the project’s development so far.
“They were pivotal for help and support in dealing and responding to the floods.
“Their focus will be to improve the appearance of the estate with an emphasis on community spirit.”
The Pride of South Tyneside Awards are organised by the Gazette, South Tyneside Council and the Customs House.
The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 28, at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields.
Awards will be handed out in 10 categories, including a Judges’ Special Award.
Young Performer(s) of the Year nominees will be invited to a talent showcase at the Customs House on Monday, March 25.