Group which tirelessly helps others triumphs in CGC-sponsored award

March 24 2021

A hardworking group of volunteers have been hailed as “inspirational” community champions.

The “Darkwood Crew” have won the accolade of Renfrewshire’s top Community Group in the 2021 Provost’s Community Awards

Their remarkable efforts to help their Paisley community – brought sharply into focus during the pandemic – saw them capture the title in a keenly-fought contest.

The category of best Community Group was sponsored by us here at City Gate Construction for the second year in a row.

CGC has a long association with the prestigious awards and have tasted success ourselves when the firm won the title of Renfrewshire’s Employer of the Year in 2017.

Now the Darkwood Crew based in Ferguslie are celebrating their outstanding win as they continue to help others.

As part of Renfrewshire Council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign, the group has been involved in proactively improving and maintaining the area.

During the pandemic, the team has worked tirelessly to address food insecurity, fuel poverty, isolation, loneliness and mental health by offering a delivery service for food and prescriptions for those who are shielding. Its members have also launched innovative activities such as hosting a mobile Bingo Bus service.

Members of the Group are understandably delighted with the win.

Terry McTernan said: “I am absolutely delighted that Darkwood Crew and its committed group of volunteers have been recognised in this way. The scale of the work this group have been responsible for, during a very difficult year, has been nothing short of remarkable both in terms of reach and scope.

“From the Social Isolation Bingo Bus to the Community Market and everything in between they have shown their ability to respond to their community’s needs in a fantastically creative, innovative and inclusive way.”

Mandy Chappell said: “This is brilliant. To be recognised for simply doing the right thing during a difficult time is wonderful. As a group of volunteers we never have any expectations in these things.”

Barry Gilfillan added: “Darkwood Crew has given me purpose during lockdown. When I joined to help improve the village green I had no idea I’d end up being chased down the street and dubbed Bingo Bus Barry by local kids. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing my part in keeping the wheels moving for our community. To be recognised is brilliant news for Ferguslie.”

CGC Finance Director Gary Tracey was on the judging panel for all categories in the Awards.

Gary said: “The Darkwood Crew are worthy winners indeed having demonstrated their inspirational commitment to helping others and the wider community. It was a pleasure to be involved in the judging of these Awards and to hear about so many worthy winners from across Renfrewshire.

Leo Reilly, our Managing Director added: “We are proud to be associated with the Provost’s Community Awards and send our warmest congratulations to the Darkwood Crew on their magnificent win.”

Special delivery….some of the team helping with food deliveries