Council officer is local authority hero

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Jane Crossley, renaissance programme manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, has been named as a ‘local authority hero’ by Locality, the leading nationwide network for community-led organisations.

Locality’s Local Authority Heroes Awards celebrate the nation’s ‘local government heroes’ – the councillors and council staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support community organisations in their local area.

All the ‘heroes’ were nominated by local community organisations, and Locality members, in their area.

Jane, who lives in the Driffield area, was nominated by Locality member Southern Holderness Resource Centre (Shores) for her ongoing support of the organisation and the trust and excellent relationships she has built up with them and the community sector in the area, working tirelessly with the community to secure funding, and her continuing efforts supporting many other regeneration activities across the area.

On Monday, 30 June, Jane was presented with her award at a ceremony in central London.

Jane said: “I feel very honoured to have received a Locality Local Heroes award. Being nominated by Southern Holderness Resource Centre, which is doing such valuable work within the local community, makes it extra special.”

Jayne Nendick of Shores, a charity based in Withernsea, said they nominated Jane because: “Her true grit and determination has never wavered and over nine years of knowing her, I have witnessed her giving her personal time to support the community to evolve. Her down to earth approach makes her advice understandable, and is a refreshing change to the bureaucracy associated with the sector.

“Individuals like Jane are the reason why ideas turn into plans and why plans turn into reality. She will cringe at the attention, but I know from dealing with so many individuals at various authorities she doesn’t just go the extra mile, she laps the planet several times.”

Steve Wyler, CEO of Locality, said: “Our Local Authority Heroes Awards are designed to celebrate the local authority staff, such as Jane, involved in outstanding partnership working, and say thank you to her, and to them all, for all their hard work.”

The Local Authority Heroes Award winners were announced at Locality’s national policy symposium event, held at the RBS building on Bishopsgate, central London, on 30 June 2014.

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