'Good for Leigh' is an initiative set up by Leigh-on-Sea Town Council to help promote all of the wonderful things our town has to offer, from the businesses, organisations and groups to the individuals.
Each year at our Annual Community Meeting we announce our 'Good for Leigh' winners, these exceptional individuals and groups have been nominated by members of Council, to thank them for their outstanding contributions to the community of Leigh-on-Sea.
The 2021/22 winners of the Good for Leigh awards were:
The 2020/21 winners of the Good for Leigh awards were:
The 2019/20 winners of the Good for Leigh awards were:
The 2018/19 winners of Good for Leigh Awards were:
The 2017/18 winners of Good for Leigh Awards were:
In 2018, Leigh-on-Sea Town Council launched a new award in partnership with Belfairs Academy to recognise some of the outstanding pupils at the school. The award is for "Good Citizenship" and each year we ask the staff at Belfairs to nominate their chosen students. A nomination is made for each of the schools 3 colleges; named after Leigh ships – Defender, Resolute and Endeavour and also a Sixth-Form nomination.
Nominations for 2021 were received from parents and teachers of the school.
Just before the first full lockdown, Jack and his brother typed a note, asking if anyone needed help, shopping collected, dogs walked, or even a telephone call, just to say hello, that they would be there to help in any way that they could, safely of course. They hand delivered this note to every house and flat in our (very long!) road and surrounding roads.
We had a lovely response and it was the catalyst for a WhatsApp group to start, where if anyone needed anything, they just asked on the WhatsApp group and the whole street was able to reach each other. We meet (virtually) so many new people and especially a wonderful lady, who we kept in touch with on a regular basis and helped her out with some shopping and even took her a few puzzles to help keep her busy!
It was really nice to know they helped some people who would have been extremely lonely and vulnerable during lockdown, we were extremely proud of Jack and his brother Theo.
Nominations for this years award were made by parents while students were learning from home. This nomination was submitted by a parent of Millie's friend. Councillors selected her as their winner for her philanthropic approach to helping local people.
Millie Whipps is a student in Year 7. At Christmas Millie was so concerned for homeless people that she appealed to friends and family for back packs and items that she could use to fill these. Her idea was to fill the backpack with useful things that she thought that a homeless person may need - she suggested a blanket, woolly hat/gloves as well as toiletry and sanitary products. She also used some of her own money to buy new things. On Christmas eve Millie took these backpacks down to HARP in Southend so that they could distribute the full backpacks to people that were homeless over Christmas. Millie is such a kind and generous girl who shows great empathy for people in the community who are less fortunate than her. She often raises money for charities by doing cake sales and such like and I am sure that she has probably been doing something equally kind and thoughtful during lockdown. Millie does things like the above because she genuinely wants to help others. She doesn't expect any gratitude or reward or recognition in return and would probably be embarrassed to learn that I had sent this nomination. It is for all these reasons that she is so deserving of this award.
Maddie is helping to run an Art club at West Leigh School, once a week after school. Maddie worked with Mrs Lilleker, discussing ideas and how best to deliver mini Art lessons etc. before she started helping.
Maddie has helped at West Leigh for 2 terms. This has involved both Infant and Junior school children, in a group of 10-12 students. Maddie has been involved in helping in a number of different themes including Slime, Solar System and Nations.
Maddie also helps out in the Holidays with Art Parties, through Creative Station.
Maddie hasn’t always found school easy, experiencing friendship issues, she is also a quiet young lady and can lack in confidence. It is an encouraging step forward seeing her use her qualities in such a constructive way. Also promoting Belfairs in a positive way outside of the Academy.