Local Heroes Awards 2021

Congratulations to the following 2021 winners:

Positive Community Impact Award – Individual, sponsored by the City of Playford, was awarded to Mark Webb. Mark has worked in the Playford Alive area with Yourtown, a grounds maintenance services organisation for the past 3 years. He has a passion for the community, renewable living and has played a major role in mentoring young adults to find long term employment.

Positive Community Impact Award – Group, sponsored by Renewal SA, was awarded to United Way SA. United Way SA has been dedicated to supporting the Playford Alive community since 1973. Over time, United Way SA has moved from being a direct charity provider to undertaking community impact activities, focused on their mission of “building children’s’ potential.” These activities include organising and connecting the community with free events, playgroup and supporting children in early literacy.

Positive Community Impact Award – Group, sponsored by T&J Constructions, was awarded to the Skatelight Team. Through the Skatelight project, the team connects to the Munno Para skate park to deliver physically active programs promoting social inclusion, and positive physical and mental well-being. Youth sector leaders, alongside volunteers, are passionate about the Playford Alive community. They demonstrate kindness, empathy, respect, and a can-do attitude when working with a cohort of young people who are often faced with mental health, family violence, homelessness, drug, and alcohol abuse.

Positive Playford Award, sponsored by Alexander Symonds, was awarded to The Playford Women’s Shed. The Playford Women’s Shed has supported and changed the lives of many women in the northern suburbs by creating a safe space for women of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds. The Shed provides activities, workshops, garden facilities and a support network which encourages women to gain new skills, socialise and get the support they need.

Business Award, sponsored by Rivergum Homes, was awarded to Red Desert Beauty. Despite the challenges posted by COVID-19, Red Desert Beauty thrived and expanded their number of staff and services. Red Desert Beauty and their team play an active role in providing work experience opportunities through a watch and grow aspect, hands on training and mentoring for business roles. They have been a big supporter to students from St Patrick’s Technical College and TAFE leading to employment opportunities in our community.

Best Trainee or Apprentice Working with an Employer, sponsored by MEGT, was awarded to Mitchell Barnes. Mitchell is currently a trainee with Adelaide Property Group, who service the Playford Alive community with ground maintenance and landscaping. Mitchell earned this position by undertaking work experience with APG through the Renewal SA Works Program. Showing perseverance and an eagerness to succeed, Mitchell learns tasks quickly and when opportunities are presented, helps to train others who have just started.