Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown we have been unable to launched the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum’s Voluntary and Community Awards since 2019. 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 previous years local charities, voluntary and community groups took centre stage for this unique invitation only award evening which would normally have been held in July at the Black and Gold, Tweedmouth. This invitation only 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.
In 2019 Jane Pannell, Chair of North Northumberland Voluntary Forum explained “We’re proud to be presenting these awards again and delighted to have received for the third year 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. When you come to nominate 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. We will look forward to receiving your nominations – individual, voluntary and community groups and local businesses.”
It is extremely doubtful that we will be able to host the annual awards this year especially taking restrictions into account and the Board of Trustees are reluctant to down scale such a celebratory evening.
However 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 during the past year then please think about nominating them for an award in the future – it’s the ideal thing to do.
In 2019 the following categories were 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