Community Champions 2020 Award nominations now open
Local residents are being urged to nominate deserving individuals and groups for the Community Champion Awards 2020.
Organised by Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Greenham Trust and West Berkshire Council, the Community Champion awards will honour those individuals and community groups who have gone above and beyond to support residents throughout West Berkshire this year.
To recognise the fantastic contributions by locals throughout the pandemic, four new Covid-specific awards have been added to the usual roster of honours. All of the awards will be judged by an independent panel. The Community Champion Award categories for 2020 are:
The Pat Eastop MBE Junior Citizen of the Year
Volunteer of the Year – supported by Volunteer Centre West Berkshire
Community Group of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award (non Covid response)
Covid Response Pat Eastop MBE Junior Citizen of the Year Award
Covid Response Volunteer of the Year
Covid Response Community Group of the Year - supported by Greenham Trust
The 'Big Thank You' Award - created to recognise those people who may not meet the criteria of one of the awards above or who would appreciate more low key recognition
The winners will be presented with their award at a virtual ceremony to be held in January 2021. Their details will also be recorded in an exclusive book called the "Roll of Civic Awards" which will be available for future generations to review.
Councillor Graham Pask, Chairman of West Berkshire Council, said: “The Community Champion Awards Scheme is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to individuals and groups who give up their time to support other residents in West Berkshire. This year’s programme specially includes new Covid-related categories as well as the inaugural ‘Big Thank You’ award. I would urge local residents to please take a few moments to nominate the people undertaking great work in our community.”
Garry Poulson, Director, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, commented: “We are pleased to support the Volunteer of the Year (non Covid) category for this year’s Community Champion Awards. If you know of someone who is doing a superlative job in the community in spite of the challenges presented by Covid, then please nominate them to show your appreciation of their hard work.”
Chris Boulton, Chief Executive, Greenham Trust, added: “We are delighted to support the Covid Response Community Group of the Year in the 2020 Community Champion Awards. The actions taken by existing or newly-formed community groups in West Berkshire to support the less fortunate throughout lockdown and beyond have been truly remarkable. Please nominate a community group to recognise their superhero Covid-19 response efforts.”
Nominations can be made online by visiting https://info.westberks.gov.uk/communitychampion and are due by Friday, 20 November 2020. Paper nomination forms can be obtained by calling 01635 519458.