The Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Councillor Alan Hale, has launched his Community Awards.
Last year, there were 106 nominations for the awards, which recognise volunteers, community leaders, community organisations, carers and local businesses and the positive impact they make on others and the wider community.
The Awards are organised annually in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Bath and beyond; social housing provider Curo; the Student Community Partnership, involving the University of Bath and Bath Spa University students unions; and Sirona care & health.
Cllr Hale said: “The Community Awards have become a prestigious annual celebration, recognising individuals and organisations that are dedicated and committed to helping others. Volunteers are selfless people – they care a great deal and do so much for our local community. The Awards are an opportunity for us to say thank you to all our volunteers across Bath and North East Somerset.”
Mike Plows, Manager of the Volunteer Centre Bath and beyond, said: “Volunteering is more than just time. It is a rewarding experience that enriches the lives of so many people. Being a part of the Awards is a great honour and I am excited to find out more about the amazing people in our community.”
Dusty Walker, Vice-Chair for Sirona care & health, said: “Sirona exists to benefit the community we serve by providing high-quality specialist health and adult social care but we know that we cannot do it alone. Our work depends on working in partnership with volunteers, carers, community leaders, community organisations and local businesses. These awards give us an opportunity to say thank you to those selfless and dedicated people who help us to make a difference every day of the year and ensure they are recognised by the communities of Bath and North East Somerset.”
Vanessa Collier, Community Engagement Manager at Curo, said “The Community Awards have become recognised as a fantastic way for groups and organisations to nominate local people who are volunteering in our communities and doing extraordinary things by regularly helping and supporting others. Each nomination is truly inspiring and makes me proud to work for Curo alongside some of these amazing groups and individuals.”
Rob Armstrong-Haworth, Chair of the Student Community Partnership, said: “The Chairman’s Awards give each of us something to be proud of, and hopefully inspire others to contribute to their local community. The recipients are an inspiration to the whole of Bath and North East Somerset. The Partnership is proud to be associated with this excellent initiative and we look forward to the announcement of the 2016/17 winners.”
The award categories are:
Category 1 – Volunteering Awards
Volunteer of the Year / Young Volunteer of the Year
Volunteer Leader of the Year / Young Volunteer Leader of the Year
Volunteer Team or Organisation of the Year/ Young Volunteer Team or Organisation of the Year
Good Neighbour of the Year / Neighbourhood Team of the Year
Carer of the Year / Young Carer of the Year
The Peter Duppa-Miller Lifetime Achievement
Category 2 – Business in the Community Award
This award will recognise a socially responsible business which actively supports its local community in positive activities.
The Chairman may also identify one or more individuals or groups from the nominations received to present a ‘Special Award’.