Voluntary and Community Awards

We’ve launch the 2022 North Northumberland Voluntary and Community Awards!

The North Northumberland Voluntary Forum’s Voluntary and Community Awards, supported by BEDMAX UK, 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 invitation only award evening which will be held on Wednesday 28 September 2022 at Berwick Rugby Club, Scremerston.

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 organizations in North Northumberland. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown in 2020 and 2021 we were unable to host the  North Northumberland Voluntary Forum’s Voluntary and Community Awards. However this year we are delighted that this unique awards evening will be returning in the Autumn!

In recognition of the achievements and hard work carried out by volunteers and community groups in Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Northumberland these awards were established in 2012. In previous years local charities, voluntary and community groups took centre stage for this invitation only award evening which previously had been held in July.  This awards evening acknowledged 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.

Flora, Chair of North Northumberland Voluntary Forum explained “We’re proud to be presenting these awards after a 2 year gap due to Covid-19 lockdown. 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 organizations that have made such a contribution to our communities especially during the lockdown period. There’s a range of award categories – hopefully one to fit every nomination. We look forward to receiving your nominations – individual, voluntary and community groups.”

Flora added “The 2019 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 proven again in 2019 when Lewis Bruin was awarded Youth Volunteer of the Year for his dedication to Scouting.

The North Northumberland 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, as this will only strengthen communities and encourage more people to work together.

Flora continued “This year we are delighted to have received support from BEDMAX UK acknowledging the value they place on the voluntary sector within the community. I would therefore strongly encourage individuals or groups to enter or nominate a group for this year’s awards. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by voluntary and community groups by thanking them for the tremendous work that is carried out within the community especially over the past 2 years.”

Nominations are welcome from charities and voluntary and community groups of any size. These awards will be decided by a panel of judges from the North Northumberland Network and trustees of the Voluntary Forum. If you would like to nominate any group or individual for these awards you can do so by downloading the nomination form on this web page.  The awards, for which nominations are now open, are for the following categories (nominations close at 5pm Monday 1 August 2022):

North Northumberland Voluntary and Community Awards 2022 – following categories will be awarded:

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

North Northumberland Voluntary and community Awards 2022 – Nomination Form – download here:

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