Auntie Pam’s, the organisation that supports Huddersfield mums, mums to be and their babies has won national acclaim.

It has been awarded the LGC Community Involvement award, having been up against competition from councils across the UK.

Auntie Pam’s is a Kirklees Council public health service and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the people who visit its drop in centres in Dewsbury and Huddersfield.

The awards took place at London’s Grosvenor House, and the evening marked the 20th year of the LGC Awards, one of the most prestigious events in the local government calendar.

Project Officer Lisa Akester and volunteers at Auntie Pam's, Northgate, Dewsbury.

The Community Involvement award recognises local government initiatives that involve the local community in ways they may not have done in the past.

After review by a panel of judges, made up of senior and influential figures from the public sector, the Auntie Pam’s team were presented with the Community Involvement award.

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The judges commented, “This council has created a service which meets essential needs which have been mainstreamed to continue its community impact.”

Auntie Pam's, Northgate, Dewsbury.

Nick Golding, LGC’s editor, said as the awards were presented by actor Stephen Mangan: “It is vital that we celebrate the best of local government, not least as the talent and innovation of council officers and councillors is often not recognised to the extent it should be.

“The recipients of the awards are the people doing the most to improve services at a time resources are constrained. We should thank them for their great work.”

Project Officer Lisa Akester at Auntie Pam's, Northgate, Dewsbury.

Auntie Pam’s provides a range of services including a drop-in information and signposting service (covering things like housing, benefits, domestic violence, healthy eating, maternity leave and entitlements, baby development); and a Swap Shop where women can exchange baby clothes for larger sizes, and swap equipment.

They also distribute Healthy Start vitamins, provide access to smoking cessation advisors, deliver baby feeding support and sexual health guidance.