TODAY we continue to bring you the stories of people nominated in the Examiner’s Community Awards 2011.

All this week and next we’ll be giving you a rundown of all the individuals and groups which have been put forward for an award.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony to be held at the Galpharm Stadium on Monday, June 6.

Today we reveal the three nominations who have made the shortlist for the Services To The Community category.

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TODAY it is a hive of activity, but just a few years ago Rawthorpe Community Centre was in danger of closing.

The group on the centre’s committee were elderly and feared they wouldn’t be able to run it for much longer.

Sandra Tremaine lived near to the Brownroyd Avenue venue and rather than see it shut, decided to take on the running of it herself.

Helped by a small band of volunteers, she now tirelessly devotes her time to organising different activities for young and old residents as well as raising funds for the building.

Thanks to her hard work, the community centre has gone from hosting the odd bingo session to being opened for events most days.

Sandra became involved about six years ago when she used the building to help set up Rawthorpe Tenants’ and Residents’ Association – and she is now vice chairman of this group.

“The community centre had its own committee but this was run by an elderly group and it was getting too much for them,’’ she said.

“They just opened it for bingo and for the elderly to come in the morning so there was nobody really coming through the door.”

Through the Tenants and Residents Association, Sandra and her volunteers started serving hot lunches twice a week to the elderly living in the community.

To do this Sandra had to apply for grants to get a kitchen installed and has continued to raise funds to keep the centre running and updated ever since.

The building has now really come to life, with themed nights, youth clubs and Colne Valley Multiple Sclerosis group using it for activities, including yoga.

In the summer holidays children enjoy sports and Sandra is constantly on the lookout for ways to make the centre more accessible to as many different groups in the community as possible.

She said: “Without volunteers to keep it going it would have just closed down, but there’s now something going on most days.

“It does get tiring but it is important for the community, especially for some of the elderly who have nowhere else to go”.

HE gives up countless hours of his time to help others.

Danny Moriarty from Cowlersley spends nearly every day of his life working with and for other people.

He is part of a group of volunteers on the management committee at Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Association (KFTRA).

They all care about what happens to social housing – but Danny goes the extra mile.

He started as a volunteer 21 years ago and during this time has been instrumental in setting up new TRA groups, making them aware of what differences they can make by coming together.

Danny looks after all the groups in the Huddersfield South area and they know they can call on him for help.

Every week he is out and about leafleting and giving out information. He spends his summer weekends at galas and fetes promoting his group’s work for people living on council estates.

On top of that he attends meetings to gain knowledge that will help him advise others on issues including housing legislation and obtaining funding.

Beverly Taylor, who nominated Danny for the Services to the Community award, said: “He is passionate about helping people who are less fortunate than himself.

“Danny does all this work unpaid – often working at least 40 hours a week – and we are very fortunate in knowing someone like him.

“Clearly, which is most important, he loves the contribution that he makes to the community.”

Danny also sits on committees which help young homeless people, including the Single Homeless Accommodation Project (SHAP).

He works alongside a young people’s group in Marsden and helped them raise money for a playground.

Danny said: “I believe that you’ve got to give back to the community that you live in – it’s important to leave something for your children and grandchildren.

“If I can help someone worse off than me I will and I hope the work I am doing is helping improve their lives”.

WITH her hands full with a toddler and another baby on the way, Bernadette Lawton was only too aware of how isolating being a young mum can be.

She found it difficult to meet other mums to share her time and interests and an online search for groups in her area to join proved fruitless.

Bernadette said: “My partner worked away and I was on my own a lot because I didn’t know many mums in the area.

“There were groups but these were at 9am and it’s difficult to get up and out at that time with a young baby.

“I just wanted to get out there and meet other mums. It can be very lonely sitting at the park by yourself with the children.”

The Marsh mum took it upon herself to set up a new Netmums group called Huddersfield Beebies, a group for mums to meet other mums in the town.

In just 18 months the group has become a real hive of activity, now boasting 170 members on its Facebook page.

The mums have become close friends and Bernadette works tirelessly to organise activities for them and their children during their weekly get-togethers.

These include regular library visits, swimming sessions and trips to farms, child-friendly venues, parks and playgrounds.

Most of the activities are arranged for a low-cost or are free to enable as many mums as possible to enjoy getting out and about.

Bernadette also arranges home activities and nights out to give the grown-ups a break.

She has even started a ‘hubbies group’ so that the mums’ partners can join in and stages fundraisers – fitting all this around her regular family commitments.

Abigail Tupman, who nominated Bernadette for the Services to the Community award, said: “I have never looked back. I have made some lifelong friends, not only for me but for my three children too.

“Knowing this wonderful woman has infinitely changed my life and that of many other Huddersfield mums”.