Community Awards: Recognising those who give their time to help others

Posted on: 2 October 2018

Devon County Council is helping to celebrate the county’s unsung heroes by sponsoring the Devon Live Community Awards.

Communities and residents have until  Thursday 11 October to nominate their community hero. You can nominate by clicking here.

The awards are being held at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington on Thursday, 6 December from 3pm to 6pm.

Split into categories, the awards will recognise those who devote so much of their time and effort in making the region such a wonderful place to live.

This year’s categories are Good Neighbour, Voluntary and Community Sector Champion, Environment Champion and Caring Communities Champion.

The Caring Communities Champion will recognise an individual’s outstanding contribution to a local voluntary group, charity or community organisation.

Other categories include Community Hero (18+), Young Heroes (0 – 18 years old), Volunteer of the Year, and Devon Carer.

The Devon Carer category is open to any paid or unpaid carer who has gone the extra mile to look after others.

Other categories include the Armed Forces and Emergency Services Honour, Devon Mentor – which will recognise inspiring educators – and the Devon Live Special Recognition Honour.

The final Honour is the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honour. Sponsored by the Devon County Council, this award will be decided from the Honours list.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities said:

“We are proud to sponsor the Devon Community Honours for the second year running and to work with Devon Live to help put the spotlight on those people at the heart of our communities who work so tirelessly for the benefit of others every day.

“Devon is truly fortunate to have so many strong communities with people prepared to stand up and show they care by giving their time and energy to make this a better place. “Much of this goes unseen but I am lucky enough in my role to see first-hand many examples of extraordinary people who selflessly give their time and work so hard for the benefit of others.

“These awards are a chance to help celebrate and recognise all the unsung community heroes who help make our county the place it is.
“As a major public body working to improve the lives of people across Devon we know only too well that, on our own, we could never do all the things or help all the people we would wish to.

“Those who give their time and energy to go the extra mile for others, organise things, take on community roles, run local projects or start up social enterprises are all community heroes who deserve recognition. I know they do not do what they do for praise or reward but sometimes it is nice to know that your efforts are noticed and appreciated or even that someone says a simple ‘thank you’.”

For more details and to nominate please click here. You have until 11 October to enter your nominations.

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