The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Roz Eminson, has launched the 2020 High Sheriff’s Awards and is calling for voluntary groups and individuals to submit their nominations for the annual community awards.

The High Sheriff’s Awards are designed to reward the volunteers, charities and community groups in Suffolk who devote their time and energy to improve the communities in which they live and work, to make Suffolk a better and safer place to live.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 17th January 2020.

The awards will be presented at an awards ceremony at the East of England Co-op, Wherstead Park, Ipswich on Thursday 26th March 2020. To take a look at last year’s awards, and watch the film, click here. 

Suffolk Community Foundation administers the High Sheriff’s Fund and works in partnership with them to arrange the awards ceremony.

Should you need help completing the online application form, please feel free to contact Suffolk Community Foundation on 01473 602602.

During my year as High Sheriff, I am visiting as many of Suffolk’s less well-known charities as possible and I’ve seen for myself the dedication of groups, their staff and volunteers. I hope that my High Sheriff’s Awards will be the opportunity to raise their profile and say thank you for all they do to keep Suffolk the wonderful county it is.

Roz Eminson

High Sheriff of Suffolk

This year’s award categories…

Volunteer of the Year Award – under 30 (individual)

 

This award encourages voluntary organisations, charities and community groups across Suffolk to nominate one of their volunteers for services above and beyond the ‘call of duty’.

This person will have demonstrated a regular commitment for a period of time, supporting others, showing why they stand out, and detailing the ways in which their involvement and actions have had a directly beneficial effect.

The award consists of a trophy and certificate for the winning volunteer and a cash award for his or her voluntary organisation, charity or community group.

Volunteer of the Year Award – over 30 (individual)

 

This award encourages voluntary organisations, charities and community groups across Suffolk to nominate one of their volunteers for services above and beyond the ‘call of duty’.

This person will have demonstrated a regular commitment for a period of time, supporting others, showing why they stand out, and detailing the ways in which their involvement and actions have had a directly beneficial effect.

The award consists of a trophy and certificate for the winning volunteer, along with cash award for his or her voluntary organisation, charity or community group.

Long Service Award (individual)

 

This award aims to recognise and celebrate the continued and sustained commitment an individual has made to their chosen charity/ies. This can be for either a volunteer or paid employee, or someone who has started as a volunteer and become an employee (in total for a period of 20 year upwards).

The nomination will show the impact of their dedication, passion and sustained commitment and involvement in their cause/es and its beneficiaries.  It will also show the positive effect of their ongoing work on their colleagues.

The award consists of a trophy and certificate for the winning volunteer, along with cash award for his or her voluntary organisation, charity or community group.

New Group of the Year Award (group)

 

This award has been created to recognise and encourage new groups, organisations or charities, or those that have never been previously nominated for a High Sheriff Award to apply.

It is a countywide award which will be judged by the High Sheriff and an independent panel. It is broad ranging and must show the impact, value and sustainability of the work of the group on the communities they serve and/or their individual beneficiaries. They must show how resourceful they can be at implementing and carrying out plans and show the difference the organisation has made to improving the lives of others less fortunate.

The award consists of a trophy, certificate and a cash award.

Strengthen Your Community Award (group)

 

The Strengthen Your Community Award is to recognise an enterprising individual or a voluntary organisation showing ways in which they have brought a community together.

It will demonstrate how the difficulties such as, loneliness, isolation, citizenship, community safety, crime prevention or health issues, have been addressed to have a positive effect on a community; creating an environment bringing people together, giving support where there has been none and the resultant unforeseen benefits of such actions and interventions, be it in a rural or urban environment. There is no age limit on the award.

The award consists of a trophy, certificate and a cash award.

Caring for the Environment Award (individual or group)

 

This is for those who can show they care for the community/environment of Suffolk.  There is an abundance of plastic, waste, fly-tipping and litter in our county and this award is for any organisation or individual attempting to address any of these or related issues.

The successful nominee will have shown a commitment to their cause through innovative projects, systems and events which strive to improve the environment in which we live, by effectively reducing waste, plastic, litter from our roadsides, countryside and streets in which we live and work.

The award consists of a trophy, certificate and a cash award.

Road to Recovery Award (group)

 

This award recognises the exceptional work carried out by an organisation, charity, community group which is devoted to the recovery and support of those suffering from mental health issues including depression, anxiety and PTSD. It will demonstrate a commitment to and actively help the recovery of victims of crime, abuse, addiction and deprivation and show the ways in which people have been able to rebuild their lives.

The award consists of a trophy, certificate and a cash award.

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