2015 Cheshire Woman of the Year
Pat Rice has lived in Wirral since she was a small child. She was brought up in New Brighton and enjoyed many summers playing on the local beach. Even as a child, Pat had a strong sense of ‘wanting to help’, she would offer to do neighbours shopping and more particularly to walk their dogs.
Once working, in the Civil Service, Pat was still active in the community. In her spare time she volunteered at a children’s home, taking children out on trips and having fun. She was also instrumental in fundraising to buy a guide dog for the visually impaired.
In her early twenties Pat spent three years travelling and working in Australia. Even here she got involved in community work at an Aborigine mission. Back in England, Pat’s work with young people began in earnest, firstly working as a volunteer, then training formally as a Youth and Community worker.
Twenty six years on, Pat is very proud of her contribution to the work of Wirral Youth Service and her personal positive impact on young peoples’ lives. She currently works as Head of Response, an agency which supports young people in crisis; young people whose experience of life is far beyond what they should be dealing with at an early age. Vulnerable young people who are homeless, at risk of sexual exploitation, struggling with mental health issues, self-harming and contemplating suicide, struggling with substance abuse and addictions, all of these are in a day’s work for Pat. It is a demanding, challenging and often emotional job, but infinitely rewarding.
Keeping young people safe is a crucial part of Pat’s personal philosophy as well as her job. She ensures the service offered to young people is creative, effective, innovative and responsive. Meaningful, supportive relationships are built, not only with young people but with their families, schools and communities. This creates a consistent presence in the lives of young people and goes a long way towards normalising interaction and trust.
In her downtime Pat enjoys walking with her dog (typically a rescue Labradoodle), camping, travelling and the odd spot of DIY (again, helping her friends out).
Pat believes we all have a part to play in making our communities safe. We all have a role in helping to keep children and young people safe, we all have a role in building up resilience, listening to what young people say and hearing what they tell us.
|Bissett||Emmy||Bredbury||Prof||Set up own business teaching sewing|
|Burrows||Barbara||Weaverham||Comm/Pers||Fundraiser for Cheshire Asbestos Victim Support Group|
|Cann||Heather||Bollington||Comm||Laurel award for outstanding contribution to guiding & local comm|
|Chadwick||Carol||Dukinfield||Prof||50 years’ service in NHS & Midwifery|
|Cheshire||Rowan||Alsagar||Comm/Pers||Gold Medal in Calgary Half Pike Snow Boarding|
|Clarke OBE||Gillian||Mile End,Stockport||Prof||Lead Nurse Practitioner for women’s health|
|Coates||Natasha||Appleton||Comm/Pers||Determination in overcoming health issues|
|Coffey||Ann||Stockport||Prof/ Comm||MP championing children’s issues|
|Constantine||Jan||Betley||Prof / Comm||Created 2012 Olympics merchandise|
|Cork||Olivia||Alsagar||Comm/Pers||Helping others despite personal difficulties|
|Crowhurst||Yvonne||Oxton||Prof||Head of Training, Wirral Autistic Society|
|Davies MBE||Gillian||Lymm||Prof||Outstanding contribution to oral health & dentistry|
|Eardley||Lynne||Alsagar||Comm||Inspiring volunteer working with young people|
|Garner||Joanne||Helsby||Prof / Comm||Set up support group for autism|
|Hamilton||Natasha||Northwich||Comm /Pers||Inspirational fundraiser|
|Hawkes MBE||Margaret||Bromborough||Comm||Foster Carer for over 40 years|
|Hennell||Sheena||Heswall||Comm||Fundraiser and supporter for children with disabilities|
|Johnson||Vivien||Walton||Comm||Organiser of groups for young people|
|Koffler||Sara||Cheadle||Comm/Pers||Inspirational community helper and role model|
|Lane||Libby||Atrincham||Prof||First woman Bishop in the UK|
|Leitch MBE||Diana||Didsbury||Prof||Catalyst Science Discovery Centre Trustee|
|Maddock||Patricia||Northwich||Comm||30 years as a volunteer supporting youth football|
|Muir||Shelagh||Birkenhead||Prof/Comm/Pers||Inspiring Leader in Science and Business|
|Norris||Chelsea||Offerton||Comm||Patron St Ann’s Hospice, Cheadle. Radio Presenter|
|O’Keefe||Christine||Disley||Prof||Only female chimney sweep in NW England|
|Ramprogus||Susan||Wilmslow||Prof/ Comm||Improved health & social care in the NW|
|Rice||Pat||Wallasey||Prof/ Comm||Outstanding work with vulnerable young people|
|Samuel||Marion||Little Sutton||Comm/Pers||Fundraiser for breast cancer charity|
|Sivori||Christine||Heaton Moor||Comm||Volunteer at Manchester & Salford Lifeshare|
|Sloan||Myra||Heswall||Prof/Comm||Medical support & training for developing countries|
|Smith||Jane||Alsager||Comm||Offers free psychotherapy in local community|
|Sowden||Sara||Chester||Comm/ Pers||Inspirational fundraiser|
|Stoddart OBE||Jean||Willaston||Comm||Prolific fundraiser and hospice supporter|
|Stone||Joanne||Cranage||Prof||Co-Founder of Puddleducks swimming clubs UK|
|Townend||Tracy||Holmes Chapel||Prof||Co-Founder of Puddleducks swimming clubs UK|
|Vaughan||Jan||Parkgate||Prof||Director, Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Clinical Networks|
|Watson||Joanne||Little Neston||Comm||Fundraiser for Clatterbridge Oncology Centre|
|Williams||June||Chester||Comm||Daughter of founder of Chester Zoo|
|Williams||Sian||Higher Bebington||Prof||Awarded Haygarth Medal for NHS work|
|Whimpanny||Elizabeth||High Legh||Prof||Founder of EAM Care Group providing respite care for children|
|Wong||Belinda||Sale||Prof/Comm||Bag manufacturer supporting education in China|
|Wroe||Ivy||Stockport||Prof||Managing Director & Owner of Resin Surfaces Ltd|
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