South Norfolk's search is on for Community Champions

South Norfolk Council’s Community Awards are back and the search is on to find our community champions.
These popular awards celebrate South Norfolk’s unsung heroes and pay tribute to the valuable contribution that volunteers make to the district.

Last year, there was an overwhelming number of nominations received, so please don’t delay in voting for your hero. Anyone can be nominated and several nominations can be made by one person.

Cabinet member Keith Kiddie said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to the people who give up their time to make South Norfolk such a wonderful place to live, work and visit. I would urge local residents to take a few moments and nominate someone they know who deserves to be recognised for these awards. These people inspire others to take action and get involved in their community.

“If you know of someone who is doing a great job in your community, then please nominate them and show them how much you appreciate their hard work.”

There are eight categories you can nominate people for:
• Volunteer of the Year - for an individual who has volunteered their time to make an outstanding contribution to their community within the last year.
• Young Volunteer of the Year - for a young person, aged 18 or under, who has volunteered their time to make an outstanding contribution to their community in the last year.
• Community Group of the Year - for a group of people, working together, who have improved or brought benefits to their community within the last year.
• Community Fundraiser of the Year - for a group or individual who has undertaken innovative and tireless fundraising which has benefited South Norfolk community groups or residents directly within the last year.
• Business Community Champion of the Year - for a local business which has made an exceptional contribution to its community, by supporting it with funding opportunities, hosting events, or providing advice and resources within the last year.
• Community Wellbeing Champion or Group of the Year - for an individual or group that has championed wellbeing within their community, either through providing sporting/exercise opportunities, helping to develop lifestyles, or inspiring others through their sporting and lifestyle activities within the last year.
• Environmental Champion of the Year - for a school, business, community group or individual who has made a positive impact on their environmental in the last year.
• Lifetime Community Hero of the Year - for an individual who has had a long term impact
Nominations open on 18 February and close in April. The award evening will be held on 4 June at Dunston Hall.

Winners will receive grants of £250 to give to their chosen charitable organisation

You can make your nomination by visiting www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/champions or call 01508 533945