It was a privilege to represent Empowerment at the recent Radio Wave- ‘Local Hero Awards’. Empowerment sponsored the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award which was won this year by Sharon Leadbetter. The whole event was truly inspirational and it was wonderful to be celebrating all the great people who are changing lives every day!

It made me reflect that it is very easy for us to fall into despair at all the bad things that are happening in our world and not least on the Fylde Coast. Believe me, our staff and volunteers here at Empowerment encounter the most serious problems on a daily basis! However, as Edmund Burke said, ‘”The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”

I am the proud leader of an organisation which is full of good people who are not doing ‘nothing’. On the contrary, each and every day they are working hard and passionately alongside local individuals and communities to transform lives! My experience of the, ‘Local Hero Awards’ shows that Empowerment staff and volunteers are not alone, there are people across the Fylde Coast doing the most amazing things… and that is something to celebrate!!!