Recognition for dedicated Joe

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A SOUTH Yorkshire councillor who also sits on the board of a housing company which manages thousands of homes has reached the finals at a national awards event.

Berneslai Homes board member and Barnsley councillor Joe Hayward finished the last three in the Board Member of the Year category at the awards, run on behalf of housing associations around the country.

He was nominated for setting up a funding scheme for young people which has handed out £23,500 and helped 66 groups deliver projects such as sensory gardens, mentoring schemes, trips and youth events.

Joe has almost completed his maximum nine year term of office at Berneslai Homes.