Entries are open for this year's Craven Community Champion awards and you have until 11th January 2022 to nominate someone for one of the seven categories.
Shortlisted entrants will be an awards evening, which is planned for 3rd March at the Coniston Hotel.
Once received, nominations will be considered by the Craven Community Champion Awards Panel, which is made up of independent volunteering and community experts, council and private sector representatives.
Anyone can make a nomination for any of the following award categories:
- Arts and Culture Award
- Greener Craven Award
- Sport and Recreation Award
- Health and Wellbeing Award
- Best Community Group Award
- Volunteer of the Year Award
- Young Citizen of the Year Award
In addition to the seven categories, a Citizen of the Year award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Craven during the past year. The winner of Citizen of the Year is selected from the entries of all the other categories by the judges.
Councillor Alan Sutcliffe, Chairman of Craven District Council, said: “Last year was a very difficult year for everyone but it was amazing to see how quickly people came together to support each other and look after the most vulnerable in their communities.
“These inspiring awards will give us the opportunity us to celebrate the wonderful people within our communities who help make Craven such a special place to live.
“I’m sure we all know somebody who goes above and beyond to help others and improve their community - so please think about who you know that makes a difference, and help us give them the recognition they deserve."
About each category
The Arts and Culture Award celebrates a community group or individual that have made a contribution to arts, heritage or cultural activities in their community or the wider District. Previous winners include Settle Amateur Operatic Society, Cantores Salicium, Team Ketchup, Skipton Embroiders Guild, Joan Murray, Pioneer Projects and Settle Victoria Hall
The Greener Craven Award recognises a community group or individual that have made a contribution to enhancing their local environment or the wider District. This could be cleaning up a green space or starting a recycling initiative or starting an allotment group or organising a clothes swap. Previous winners of this award include: Craven Crew, The Friends of Embsay with Eastby Nature Reserve, Embsay Primary School, Long Preston Floodplain, Gawflat Meadow, Pioneer Projects and Langcliffe Community Garden.
The Sport and Recreation Award recognises an amateur sports club, community group or individual that have have made an outstanding contribution to amateur sport, physical activity or play in their community or the wider District. Previous winners of this award include: Sutton Juniors Football Club, North Ribblesdale RUFC, Craven Energy Triathlon Club, Walter Tooby, Jim Lockyer, Ben Holderness and Anita Hoggarth.
The Health & Wellbeing Award recognises a community group or individual that has made a contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of local people by providing care to vulnerable people, bringing the community together to look after each other or helping people to live healthier lives in their community or the wider District. Previous winners of the award include: Neville's Kitchen, Yorkshire Cancer Support Skipton, Katie Peacock and Exclusively Inclusive
The Best Community Group Award recognises a voluntary or community group that has made a positive impact on people's lives or has made a significant contribution to their community or in the wider District. Previous winners of the award include: Friends of Aireville Park, Skipton & Craven Parents Group, Scoff Cafe, Carleton Community Umbrella, Yorkshire Housing Computer Club and Street Angels
The Volunteer of the Year Award rewards an individual who has made an outstanding contribution through volunteering in 2020/21 Previous winners of this award include: Pat Wardman, Martyn Hughes, Sylvia Merrett, Edna Smith, Jean Baker and Fiona Protheroe .
The Young Citizen of the Year Award will be given to a young citizen aged between 11 - 25 who has made a positive difference in their community or the wider District. Previous winners of this award include: James Sabin, Katie Tutty, Bretton Lord, Phoebe Robinson, Izzi Ellwood and Catherine Sawyer.