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Community Awards - nominations now open

Published on Monday, 13th November 2017

Last year’s Young volunteer of the year winner, 12 year old Jack Critchlow who wrote and recorded a song ‘We’ll Be Free’ to help support Syrian Refugees is pictured collecting his award.

The search is on to find and honour Hambleton’s community champions.

Friends, family and work colleagues are being asked to put forward individuals or groups who they think deserve recognition for making a difference in their community.

 The district council awards must recognise projects or activities that have taken place or were completed in the year 2017 and must have had a positive impact on people’s lives.

“We want to reward the positive - and often unnoticed - voluntary work undertaken by our residents who all work hard to ensure their communities are a nice place to live,” said Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortune, Portfolio Holder for Customer and Leisure Services.

“These individuals and groups work tirelessly for no pay, to provide excellent services, projects and experiences for their communities.  The awards will allow us to give them the praise they so richly deserve.  Please don’t be afraid to nominate a project, organisation or individual who you think is worthy of recognition, even if they were nominated last year. 

Nominations are open in ten categories:

Service to Young People Award:  for groups or individuals that have made a significant positive impact in young people’s lives above and beyond the call of duty   

Service to Older People Award:  for groups or individuals that have made a significant positive impact in older people’s lives above and beyond the call of duty 

Service to Disability Award:  for groups or individuals that have made a significant positive impact in the lives of people with a disability above and beyond the call of duty

Parish Council of the Year:  for Parish Councils, Town Councils or Parish Meetings that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve its community 

  Community Group of the Year: for voluntary or community groups that have excelled in its service to users, this award is for on-going day to day activity not for a one-off project. 

  The Peter Davison Community Champion of the Year:  for an individual who is a shining light in a community, who has gone that extra mile and shows an exceptional commitment to their community.   

Young Volunteer of the Year:  for individuals under 25 who have made a difference to other people’s lives. 

Community Hall of the Year: for a community facility that delivers outstanding service to its user groups.

Community Event of the Year: for a one off community event that has taken place on a not for profit basis in 2017 which must have been accessible and inclusive.

Volunteer of the Year: for an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to their local community.

Any individual, group or organisation (public, private or voluntary sector) can make a nomination.  Forms are available online at

or from any Hambleton District Council leisure centre or from the council offices in Northallerton, Easingwold or Stokesley.

Alternatively contact Kate Staines or Lisa Wilson 01609 767203 / 01609 767149 

The closing date for nominations is 5 January, 2018