The prestigious Who Will Care? Awards will make a much anticipated return in 2017 and nominations are now open.
The date of this year’s awards has now been confirmed as Wednesday 24 May 2017 and will see a celebration of volunteering across the county.
The awards bring together communities and individuals across Essex who are working to make Essex an even greater place to live, work and visit.
Cllr Anne Brown, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It is great that the Who Will Care? Awards are back for another year. These awards will recognise the unsung heroes in Essex, from young to old, and from individuals to voluntary groups and businesses.
“By entering someone that has made an impact on your community and improved the lives of others you will be helping recognise their dedication and hard work as well as highlighting the importance these volunteers make to their communities. I am looking forward to seeing who is nominated and celebrating all of the wonderful people in our county that give up their time to help others.”
This year there are seven categories:
The Business Award – For commercial organisations who have made an impact in their community.
The Voluntary Community Service Award – Reflecting innovation or outstanding service delivery by a third sector organisation.
Individual Volunteer Award (Young Person) – For volunteers aged under 18 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
Individual Volunteer Award (Adult) – For volunteers aged 18+ who have demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
Individual Volunteer Award – For volunteers who have overcome adversity to contribute to a group or community despite the challenges they have faced.
Volunteer Team Award – A group of two or more volunteers of any age who have made an outstanding contribution to their community either independently or with a charity, community group or their employer.
Innovation Award – For social enterprises, commercial organisations and individuals who have demonstrated innovation to support the community.
If there is a business, charity or individual that you feel deserves recognition for their volunteering efforts in Essex then nominate them now by filling in an online form here. Nominations close Friday 3rd March 2017 at midnight.