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Domestic abuse victim nominated for award after improving Sheldon neighbourhood

A DOMESTIC abuse victim who worked tirelessly to improve her local neighbourhood, has been nominated for a Chamberlain Award.

A DOMESTIC abuse victim who worked tirelessly to improve her local neighbourhood, has been nominated for a Chamberlain Award.

Hayley Wilson moved into an apartment block in Sheldon with her son over three years ago, following months of domestic abuse.

But when the 28-year-old, a caretaker for Sheldon Community Centre, saw the levels of crime, and lack of provision for local families, she took up the fight to improve the neighbourhood.

“There were fires started regularly near the front door, safety was an issue and there was no outdoor space for my son and the other children to play. I became determined that things had to change and began campaigning for improvements,” she said.

“It was not an easy process and it took a lot of hard work but improvements have been made– security has been increased, we have an outdoor communal garden and crime has reduced in the whole neighbourhood.

“I’ve received a lot of help over the years so it’s incredibly gratifying to know that I have now been able to give something back to the community.”

Hayley is now a finalist in the ‘Working with Communities’ category of Birmingham City Council’s Chamberlain Awards, which aims to celebrate council employees who have gone above and beyond their role to make a real difference to local people.

“I really didn’t expect to be nominated for this award but having people recognise the hard work I’ve put in really does mean the world to me,” she added.

City councillor Muhammed Afzal (Lab, Aston) said: “Such hard work and determination should not go unnoticed, especially when it has had such a real impact on people’s lives.”

Winners will be announced at the Chamberlain Awards evening at the ICC tonight, Friday.

 

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