Doncaster CVS Celebrates 70 Years and Launches Community and Voluntary Sector Awards

30th October 2013

Doncaster CVS have teamed up with the Doncaster Free Press (DFP) and community radio station and social enterprise, Sine FM, as well as sponsors in the shape of Beta Technology, Taylor Bracewell, Doncaster Chamber, Business Doncaster, BDO, Doncaster Mind and Age UK to establish the awards which will take place at the Keepmoat Stadium on 6th December.

Explains Norma Wardman, director of Doncaster CVS:

“We wanted to do something special to mark our 70th year ‘in business’. The Doncaster CVS Awards are the ideal way to celebrate that milestone by highlighting the incredible work that goes on in the voluntary and community sector on a daily basis here in the town.

“I’m certain the inaugural event will be a huge success – it would be great if we were able to make the awards an annual occasion and create a lasting legacy that will ultimately encourage even more people to get involved in this growing sector.”

There are eight separate award categories, each with their own individual sponsor:

Social Enterprise of the Year sponsored by Business Doncaster: celebrating the organisations that exist to address social or environmental need, reinvesting all profits or surpluses into the community or back into the business, this award recognises those achieving the greatest impact while demonstrating excellence in all aspects of enterprise.

Community Group of the Year to be voted for by readers of the Doncaster Free Press: this award recognises and rewards a community group that has made an exceptional contribution to Doncaster and its residents. Small or large, all groups will be considered in respect of their value to the local community.

Registered Charity of the Year sponsored by Taylor Bracewell: Registered Charity of the Year wil be awarded to an organisation that has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and demonstrated excellence all round.

Volunteer of the Year

  • Senior Volunteer sponsored by Age UK: this award will be presented to a senior volunteer who goes above and beyond in their volunteering activity to make an outstanding contribution to their local community
  • Young Volunteer sponsored by BDO: this award will be presented to a young volunteer who goes above and beyond in their volunteering activity to make an outstanding contribution to their local community 

Training Provider of the Year sponsored by Doncaster Chamber: the winning organisation will show evidence of excellent training provision leading to a quantifiable, successful outcome for their customers.

Most Inspiring Individual in the Community & Voluntary Sector sponsored by Doncaster Mind: this award will recognise an individual who has put their heart and soul into inspiring others in Doncaster's community and voluntary sector to achieve their goals, overcome difficulties and made a tangible impact in the local community

Most Inspiring Organisation in the Community & Voluntary Sector sponsored by Beta Technology: this award will recognise the most resourceful, inspiring community and voluntary organisation that is working to improve people's lives and making a difference with the Doncaster community.

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Doncaster CVS: this most prestigious category will celebrate an individual who has made a major impact on the community and voluntary sector in Doncaster. 

Commenting on the awards, Yasmin Knight from sponsor Beta Technology said:

“At Beta, we are all extremely aware of the wealth of inspirational activity taking place in Doncaster. We come across it on a daily basis through our work of actively supporting the Doncaster business community to grow and prosper. As such we are proud to be able to celebrate the contribution of the Community and Voluntary Sector to Doncaster’s success through sponsoring the Most Inspiring Organisation Award.”

Continues Norma:

“It’s really easy to get involved and nominate an organisation or individual. Simply email or call Sharon Coe, Tel: 01302 343300 ext. 230 or head to our Twitter feed @Doncaster_CVS and Facebook page to make your nominations. All people need to do is give us the name of the organisation or individual they’re nominating in each category and a brief explanation of why they feel they should win.”

Nominations for the Doncaster CVS Awards are now open and will close on 26th November 2013.

Concludes Norma:

“I’d like to thank all of our media partners and sponsors for making these awards happen. There are some outstanding social enterprises, groups and individuals in Doncaster who make a huge difference to thousands of people and I’m delighted that their efforts will be publicly recognised through the Doncaster CVS Awards.”

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