Voluntary and Community Awards 2018



The 2018 North Northumberland Voluntary Forum’s Voluntary and Community Awards has been launched in recognition of the achievements and hard work carried out by volunteers and community groups in Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Northumberland.

Local charities, voluntary and community groups will take centre stage this year for this unique award evening which will be held on Thursday 5 July 2018 at The Black and Gold, Tweedmouth. This invitation only awards evening will acknowledge the amazing contribution made by volunteers and community groups and celebrate the tremendous work that is carried out by individuals, groups and organisations in North Northumberland.

Jane Pannell, Chair of North Northumberland Voluntary Forum explained “We’re proud to be presenting these awards and delighted to have received support from Simpson McCreath Trust acknowledging the value they place on the voluntary sector within the community. This is a real opportunity to raise the profile of community and voluntary groups and to celebrate the achievements of volunteers throughout North Northumberland. Please think about the people and organisations that have made such a contribution to our communities. There’s a range of categories – hopefully one to fit every nomination. Last years awards were a huge success and the standards of entries were extremely high making judging very difficult. Age has no barriers when it comes to volunteering and being part of the community. This was certainly proven last year when we awarded Youth Volunteer of the Year to Jaques Doolan who was aged 18 years old and the Life Time Achievement Award to Grace Friar who is 96 years young! We look forward to receiving your nominations – individual, voluntary and community groups.”

Last year the following 7 categories were awarded:

• Grassroots Award

2017 Award Winners: Glendale Amateur Boxing and Fitness Club – 2017 Award Runner-up: Berwick Girl Guiding

• Project/Organisation of the year

2017 Award Winners: Inspired! The Creative School for Young Musicians – 2017 Award Runner-up: Beadnell Community Volunteers

• Volunteer of the Year

2017 Award Winner: Linda Trickett – 2017 Runner-up: Anne Forbes

• NEW for 2017 – Community Champion

2017 Award Winner: Joan Turnbull

• Youth Volunteer of the Year

2017 Award Winner: Jacques Doolan

• Life Time Achievement

2017 Award Winner: Grace Friar – 2017 Award Runner-up: Derek Sharman MBE

• Local Business Support

2017 Award Winner: Greaves West & Ayre – 2017 Award Runner-up: Sinners Cafe

Previous winners of these awards include – Northumbria Army Cadets (Grassroots 2016), The Berwick In Bloom Group (Organisation of the Year 2016), Debra Jerdan (Volunteer of the Year 2016), Shannon Blackhall (Youth Volunteer of the Year 2016), Warm Hub Project – CAN (Project of the Year 2016) Davy Wilson (Life Time Achievement Award 2016) and Cornhill Village Shop (Local Business Award 2016).

If you know of any unsung heroes who give up their valuable time for others or outstanding community groups, local charities or voluntary groups that need to be thanked for the work they carry out in the community then nominating them for an award is the ideal thing to do. This year the following categories will be awarded:

  • Grassroots Award
  • Project/Organisation of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year
  • NEW – Lady Rose Crossman Life Time Achievement Award
  • Local Business Support Award

Simply download the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum Voluntary and Community Awards 2018 Nomination Form and complete as much information as you can and return it to North Northumberland Voluntary Forum. Closing date for nominations is Monday 4 June 2018 at 5pm. Judging will take place by independent judges and short listed award nominations and their nominees will be invited to attend an invitation only award evening on Thursday 5 July 2018 at The Black and Gold, Tweedmouth.


Voluntary and Community Awards 2018 Nomination Form Download