A volunteer has been acknowledged for his efforts in Yate to make the area a better place to live.

Dean Miles, 39, has been awarded a Community Stars award by housing association, LiveWest, celebrating those people who have gone above and beyond for their communities and making customers lives better.

Dean has been dedicated to keeping residents at Ladden Garden Village, safe.

Despite not being a LiveWest resident, Dean has  helped to improve the welfare of everyone including over 200 LiveWest properties there. 

Dean said: “The estate was slowly being built around us during the first year before Covid so I wanted to make the area as great as it could be, so that's when we started the Neighbourhood Watch for the area. 

“But alongside that, we also have a Facebook group for Ladden Garden Village and that started off quite small. As more and more people moved into the area and houses sprung up, the members grew on the Facebook group as well as the Neighbourhood Watch Group.

“I was surprised to hear that I'd won the Community Stars award but I'm happy to hear that I've been appreciated for my efforts.”

Marie Burke, LiveWest’s Community Connector, said: “I’m so pleased Dean has been awarded a Community Stars award. Despite not being our resident and working full time, he has done so much volunteering to make it a better place for everyone.”

“He is a proactive member of the community and makes a positive difference to those living there and the information provided by the Neighbourhood Watch and the network between different agencies which it fosters, is a positive for LiveWest staff working in that community.”       

Dean added: “We've arranged and organised surgeries where you can come and get your bike marked or with a security tag so the police can recognise if it's stolen and ask questions about certain issues.
“Everything we have done has helped to increase awareness and build the relationships within the community.”