Awards for voluntary and community work

The award winners from 2013

The award winners from 2013

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The Berwick Voluntary Forum is getting ready to host its third annual voluntary and community awards ceremony next month.

Local charities, voluntary and community groups will take centre stage for the award evening on 26 June at The Black and Gold, Tweedmouth.

This invitation-only event will celebrate the tremendous work that is carried out by individuals, groups and organisations in Berwick and the surrounding area.

George Scott, chair of the Berwick Voluntary Forum, explained: “We have been hosting these awards for three years and each year we introduce a new award category.

“This year the Grassroots Award is a new award for those groups who only have volunteers and have no paid staff. We want to celebrate smaller groups who turn up week in and week out to coach, support and enable others to take part, and still manage to operate within a limited budget.

“Last year’s awards were a huge success and the standard of entries was extremely high, making judging very difficult. The Berwick Voluntary Forum VCO Awards have proved that there is a need to acknowledge the valuable work carried out behind the scenes by voluntary and community groups. Acknowledgement of this work will only strengthen communities and encourage more people to work together.

“This year we are delighted to have received support from General Mills Berwick Ltd.

“I would strongly encourage individuals or groups to enter or nominate a group for this year’s awards.”

The awards for which nominations are now open are for the following categories, covering the former Berwick Borough over the past 12 months:

Grassroots Award

For groups who have volunteers only, with no paid staff.

Organisation of the Year

It can have paid and unpaid staff and volunteers.

Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to an unpaid individual who has made the greatest contribution to the local voluntary sector. Previous winners ineligible.

Project of the Year

The project can involve both paid and unpaid staff.

Life Time Achievement

Given to an unpaid individual who for ten years or more has made a major contribution to the voluntary sector. No previous winners considered.

Local Business Support

Awarded to the commercial business which has demonstrated outstanding support to the voluntary sector both financially and/or practically.

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