Published: Friday, 14th August 2020
The awards celebrate the selfless work and incredible achievements of individuals, community groups and businesses in Broadland with a prize of £250.
Broadland District Council Chairman, Cllr Karen Vincent who launched the awards this week said:
“We have so many incredible people that go above and beyond in Broadland and our community spirit has never been stronger.
“The Community at Heart Awards is your chance to nominate all the fantastic people that make Broadland such a great place to live, so that we can say a heartfelt thank you.
“We want to hear about the amazing acts of kindness and generosity from all those who go the extra mile in our district, from helping out within the community, running sports clubs, fundraising, or volunteering.”
John Warren, Partner of principal event sponsors Price Bailey said:
"Price Bailey believes it's vitally important we celebrate our keyworkers and local community heroes. We should stop and recognise the efforts of those outstanding individuals that have strived to make their local communities better, particularly in what has been one of the most challenging years we have faced in recent times.
As an accountancy firm with offices in the area, we're committed to supporting local businesses and the wider community. As such, we're pleased to be able to continue our sponsorship of the Broadland Community at Heart Awards in 2020 - a year that should be remembered as one when so many people came together in a concerted effort to help those most in need."
Winners in each of the ten categories will be announced in October, and each will receive £250 for their community group or project.
Previous finalists and winners have included local charities, athletes, litter pickers, devoted friends, choirs and more.
Suicide bereavement support charity, Empathy won last year’s Community Group of the Year category and also attended the socially-distanced launch.
Founders Kathryn and Joy said:
“We were delighted to be chosen as Community Group of the year 2019 and very grateful for the money that we received. It has enabled us to upgrade our dedicated Empathy phone which has been vital for us to use during the lockdown. It also provided additional books for our lending library. We have continued to provide support during the lockdown by way of calls, texts and emails, although recently we have been able to meet people individually adhering to social distancing rules.
We were also pleased to have the chance to honour our Chairman Norman, who recently passed. He was a valued and loved friend, trustee and chairman and we will continue to support people in the best way that we can to preserve the years of commitment and the legacy that Norman has left behind.”
To nominate those that make a difference in your community please visit our nomination page. Nominations close 27 September.
Full list of categories:
Inspiration of the Year
A person who has achieved something great - personally or professionally and is an inspiration to others.
Young Person of the Year (aged 25 or under)
A young person who has made remarkable and inspirational achievements and has shown enthusiasm and positivity.
Sporting Achievement of the Year
A team or individual who reached a goal in sport and have been an excellent example of good sportsmanship.
Carer of the Year
A carer paid or unpaid, who a resident of Broadland could not do without.
Business Community Support of the Year
A local business that has contributed to supporting community initiatives.
Safer Broadland Award
A person in your neighbourhood who makes everyone feel a little safer. Nominees can be paid or unpaid.
Environmental Champion of the Year
An individual, school, business or community group who has made an extra effort to make a positive impact on the environment.
Community Group of the Year
A community group that has made a significant contribution to the residents of their local area.
Volunteer of the Year
An individual who has volunteered their time to make an outstanding contribution to their community.
Good Neighbour or Friend of the Year
A person who has made a positive impact on someone’s life. Someone who has gone the extra mile to offer help in times of trouble or just in day to day life.