Community awards

Information about the organisations and individual volunteers who have won or received nominations in our annual community awards.

Community organisations and individual volunteers make a huge contribution to lives across North Yorkshire. Aiding the council in delivering critical services and providing social networks which reduce isolation and enable people to live independently for longer.

They help to deliver a wide range of critical services, from organising luncheon clubs and helping in schools, running cultural and social events, walking dogs and doing shopping for elderly neighbours, helping out at cub scout and brownie guide groups, managing animal shelters and community libraries, and so much more.

Community awards 2017

The 2017 awards were launched on 14 March, with nominations closing on 14 June.

The winner of each category will be awarded £1,000 for the relevant project, group or nominated relevant local charity in the case of the volunteer awards. Two runners up in each category will receive £250.

Category Description
Best community project award Recognises a community project that has resulted in real benefits for their community in that year.
Best community group award Recognises an inspirational community group that has made a positive impact on a community and people's lives through ongoing, day-to-day activity in that year.
Volunteer of the year Recognises an inspiring individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their community through volunteering above and beyond their normal role in that year.
Young people volunteering award Recognises projects run by an individual or group aged 11 to 25 in that year. It is awarded to a young person or people who have made a difference to other people's lives by volunteering their time and skills to help to solve a problem or to provide a service.

This year we received 102 nominations for 85 different groups and individuals. The judging panel met on 5 July and nominees were shortlisted based on the information supplied in the nomination forms. 

Finalists will be invited to the North Yorkshire wider partnership conference on Friday, 3 November 2017, where the winners and runners up will be announced and presented with their awards.

Best community group

  • Cavern Club
  • Clapham Community Shop Ltd - shortlisted
  • COZIE Management Committee
  • Exclusively Inclusive
  • Friends of Aireville Park
  • Friends of the Library in Knareseborough (FOLK)
  • Gallows Close Centre
  • Hemingbrough Hagg Lane Green Conservation Group
  • Hope Debt Advice
  • Hovingham Action Group
  • Hunmanby hub / Spring Café Hunmanby
  • Langcliffe Village Institute
  • Leyburn Arts and Community Centre - shortlisted
  • Little Builders - shortlisted
  • Lonsdale Archers
  • Oatlands Community Group
  • Ryedale Special Families
  • Scoff Café
  • Selby Globe Community Cinema
  • Sherburn and Villages Library Volunteer Group
  • Spofforth Youth Club
  • St John’s Community Centre, Catterick Garrison - shortlisted
  • Stokesley Area Litter Pickers
  • Tadcrafters
  • Thirsk Museum Society
  • Upper Wensleydale Community Partnership Limited and the Little White Bus
  • Yorkshire Coast Sight Support - shortlisted

Best community project

  • Arttalking2
  • Barrowcliff Juniors football club
  • Battersby Junction Recreation Space
  • BlueBoxt Productions
  • Boroughbridge Community Library and Resource Centre
  • Cavern Club 
  • Community Angels (Street Angels) - shortlisted
  • Cone Exchange volunteer group
  • Creche at the Hub
  • Dales Diners
  • Discover Filey Development Trust Ltd
  • Friends of Garget Walker House 
  • Get on Track
  • Goathland Community Hub and Sports Pavilion CIO - shortlisted
  • Grassington Lunch Club
  • Leyburn Arts and Community Centre
  • Little Builders
  • Memory Lane Lunches at Danby Village Hall
  • Men in Sheds - shortlisted
  • People and the DALES
  • RAMPS – Richmondshire Area Motorcycle Proficiency Scheme - shortlisted
  • Ready Steady Mums
  • Carys and Carol Roberts - Neville’s Kitchen, Gargrave
  • Samuel's Rainbow - shortlisted
  • Selby District Children’s Reading Festival
  • Settle Community and Business Hub
  • Tunstall TIGER (Tunstall Island and Garden Environmental Restoration)

Volunteer of the year

  • Sam Athersmith
  • Wendy Banon
  • David Bradbury - shortlisted
  • Gwen Butler
  • Mark Christie
  • Elizabeth Croft
  • Atmaram Dahal - shortlisted
  • Ted Darwin
  • Dave Duffey
  • Colin Etherington
  • Sue Evans
  • Clarice Grimshaw
  • Jill Kessell
  • Trish Kinsella
  • Greta Knight
  • Amanda Martyn
  • Sylvia Merrett - shortlisted
  • Su Morgan - shortlisted
  • Karen Murray - shortlisted
  • Emma Nicholson
  • Irene Taylor
  • Alison Wilson

Young people’s volunteering award

  • Dawid Gustaw Badowski, Nakiya Ul-Hassan and Helen Waller
  • Molly Beautyman - shortlisted
  • George Booth - shortlisted
  • Dales Young Rangers
  • Paws for my Cause
  • Richmondshire Youth Theatre
  • Catherine Sampson - shortlisted
  • Scape Youth Club - Young Leaders
  • Scarborough South and Filey Young Leaders
  • Sophea Sheader
  • Young Carers Youth Council - shortlisted
  • Youth Angels Youth Group

The criteria for the community awards scheme are:

  • Projects or activities must have taken place or been completed between 31 July 2016 to 1 June 2017.
  • Nominated community projects must have had a positive impact on people living in the North Yorkshire County Council area.
  • Nominated community groups must be constituted, not for profit and operate in the North Yorkshire County Council area.
  • Community groups may be a branch of, or affiliated to, a larger regional or national organisation, as long as the volunteers started and developed the initiative for the activity locally, and the group's achievements go beyond what is expected of similar groups in the wider organisation's network.
  • Nominated individuals must volunteer within the North Yorkshire County Council boundaries in the area of work for which they are nominated.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.

All nominations are judged on how the individual, organisation or project has:

  • tackled issues that affect people living in North Yorkshire and made a difference to their community;
  • helped get people involved and inspired others; and
  • had a lasting impact.

Community projects and community groups are also judged on how they have made the most of funds available.

The decision of the awards panel is final and the panel reserves the right not to make awards if there are no eligible nominations.

 View the terms and conditions for the community awards here (pdf / 278 KB).

Previous award winners and shortlisted nominees

The awards were presented at the North Yorkshire wider partnership conference at The Pavilions, Harrogate, on Friday 21 October 2016.

In all, there were 70 nominations for the awards from a diverse range of community groups, organisations and individuals from across the county. From these nominations, three nominees were shortlisted in each of the four categories.

The winners and shortlisted nominees were:

Best community project

Winner:

Thirsk Yarnbombers
A community knitting project encouraging tourism in Thirsk, initially during the Tour de Yorkshire, and raising money for charities. The group was approached by the Rotal British Legion to create poppies for Remembrance Day. The group has more than 200 members and continues to grow. All money raised is split between the group's chosen charities and future community projects in Thirsk.

Runners-up:

Chase Garth Park Project and Saxton Village Hall

Best community group

Winner:

WHISH - Whitby Hidden Impairments Support and Help
A group supporting families in Whitby and the surrounding rural area, whose children have a hidden impairment and disabilities, through sport, arts, social activities and clubs for children and siblings and advice and support for parents. The group supports more than 100 children with more than 40 different disabilities, and their parents. It helps to reduce social isolation, increase resilience and families' ability to support each other while reducing reliance on emergency health and social care interventions.

Runners-up:

The Bobbins Community Craft Centre / Beach Keepers and Helmsley in Business

Volunteer of the year

Winner:

Jane Lishman
Jane volunteers for a number of organisations: the Harrogate Easier Living Project (Opening Doors and Driving Force services), British Red Cross (Harrogate Community Connect scheme and Enhanced Home from Hospital in West Yorkshire service), Age UK Knaresborough (Home from Hospital scheme), REACT (Home from Hospital scheme) and at the Harrogate Fair Trade Shop in St Peter's Church, Harrogate. From time to time, Jane plays the piano at Oatlands Infant School for special services and also runs a music appreciation group from her home.

Runners-up:

Ruksana Mahmood and John Potter

Young people volunteering award

Winner:

Joseph Banks
Joseph initiated a youth club in his village in Ryedale, consulting young people in the area and working with the village hall committee to get a club up and running. The monthly club is now attended by up to 20 young people, who have taken part in many activities, including fund raising.

Runners-up:

Ripon Museum Young Volunteers and the Young Carers and Young Adult Carers Project

The awards were presented at the North Yorkshire wider partnership conference at The Pavilions, Harrogate, on Friday, 16 October 2015.

In all, there were 114 nominations for the awards from a diverse range of community groups, organisations and individuals from across the county. From these nominations, three nominees were shortlisted in each of the four categories.

The winners and shortlisted nominees were:

Best community group

Winner:

Osmotherley Community Group (Hambleton)

Runners up:

Pink Fluffy Ketchup Covered Flower Ponies (Craven) and Parish of Hemingbrough Historical / Heritage Society (Selby)

Best community project

Winner:

Corrina and Friends Homeless and Vulnerable Project (Harrogate)

Runners up:

The Hovingham Village Market (Ryedale) and Clapham Village Store / Clapham Community Shop Ltd (Craven)

Volunteer of the year

Winner:

John Scoble (Ryedale)

Runners up:

Kevin Axelby (Ryedale) and Ian Robinson (Richmondshire)

Young people volunteering

Winner:

Easingwold School Youthy Peer Mentors (Hambleton)

Runners up:

Lucy Taylor (Craven) and North Yorkshire Railway Junior Volunteers Group (Ryedale & Scarborough)

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