Celebration of volunteering in North Hertfordshire
This year it's more important than ever that we celebrate the volunteering activity across the North Herts district.
So many people have stepped up to help their local community during the crisis, whether it was helping to collect shopping for neighbours, collecting prescriptions for people who were ‘shielding’, helping people who found themselves in difficulties because of furlough or redundancy, or even setting up neighbourhood food banks and helplines.
The voluntary work that's been going on is really incredible!
There are four award categories to choose from when nominating a local hero.
Caring about Covid-19 Community Support Volunteer Award
For someone’s acts of kindness and who has gone over and above to help their community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for the help they’ve provided? It might be someone who helped collect shopping for their neighbours, or dropped off prescriptions for people who were shielding.
For long service in voluntary or community work.
You might know someone who has dedicated their time on a regular basis for many years to help their community, the sort of person who is just always there to help out, come rain or shine. This is the sort of person we are looking to celebrate by giving them a Dedication Award.
For helping to keep North Herts clean, safe and green. This will go to an individual or an organisation such as a school or community group.
We are fortunate in North Herts to have so many people in the community dedicated to the environment and climate change. The Green Award celebrates those unsung heroes who run gardening projects, organise litter picks, help with walking buses, or a recycling champion - anyone who promotes the green and clean message.
Young Star Award
This is for a young person (under 25) who has made significant achievements at school or college or in their local community, or in the voluntary sector.
It could go to a young person who has overcome challenges to reach their goal or achieve a personal ambition. Although young people can often get a bad rap in the media, we know that there are many out there who are trying to make their communities a better place. If you know a young person who is an utter star, then please nominate them for our Young Star Award!
How to nominate a local hero
The deadline for nominating a volunteer for the Chair's Volunteer Achievement Awards was midnight on Friday 18 December 2020.
Judging and decisions will be made by Friday 8 January 2021.
Award winners will be notified by Friday 22 January 2021.
Due to Covid-19, unfortunately the Chair’s Civic Fundraiser event is unable take place this year. Instead, we have produced a video with Councillor Terry Tyler, the Chair of the Council, to announce the winners of the awards.
The video will be available to watch from our YouTube account on Friday 26 February at 7:30pm.
Supporting charities in North Herts
The charities chosen by this year's Chair, Councillor Terry Tyler, for his term in office are:
If you can, please consider making a donation to these charities to show your support.
The Comet are media partners to the awards.
Willmott Dixon, one of the UK's leading private construction and property services companies, is sponsor of the awards.