Citizenship Awards 2019 - Jim Harle

Published: 17 September 2019


Jim’s contribution to the community of Neath through his voluntary work is truly outstanding.

Continuously involved in fundraising activities he has organised events to raise money for the Tsunami appeal, Macmillan, School Fetes and Fairtrade activities. As well as fundraising activities, he also gives various talks and presentations on these matters.

He volunteers as a 1 to 1 support in a local school.

His love of WW1 history has led him to create various events to raise public awareness of the sacrifice made by past Neath residents.

In 2014 he organised a WW1 walk and event at the Laurels and Neath Methodist Church.

In 2018 he created a Great War Poppy Trail for which he researched and made a record of those Neath residents who made the ultimate sacrifice and died during that awful conflict. From that he created a trail showing where these brave soldiers lived before they were called away to war. Neath Town Council were proud to sponsor him in this event and copies of the pamphlet produced are available on your table. Many of you may remember the launch of this project at Victoria Gardens in October last year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of this terrible conflict.

That project actually led to this council receiving a National Award.

Not satisfied with that Jim also tours schools giving talks on this matter.

Jim is also a keen conservationist and helps organise litter clean-ups in the area, including Neath Canal footpaths and especially Aberavon beach.

He is also involved in the support of the homeless and rough sleepers, those who have become drug dependant and are in personal crisis. He is also prepared to support those with mental health problems encouraging open conversation and addressing the issue of suicide.

   Jim Harle with Mayor