Look out for Community Award winner announcements

Unsung heroes in Bath and North East Somerset who have made a positive contribution to their communities will be championed in a series of online awards announcements.

Every year the Bath and North East Somerset Community Awards celebrate volunteers, charities, carers, community leaders, staff and businesses.

This year the event was due to be held at the Assembly Rooms, however it was cancelled due to the coronavirus and so the award announcements are being made virtually instead.

Councillor Dine Romero, council leader, said; “Like all events the Community Award ceremony has been affected by the impact of coronavirus. The annual event is an important celebration of the people who are most dedicated to our community but whose work often goes unrecognised.

“Over the past six months the importance of volunteers and community champions has really risen to the forefront. So many people have stepped up and helped out during the lockdown and continue to do so as we adapt to a ‘new normal’.

“The council has also had to adapt and in this case it means holding virtual award announcements. We will be sharing news of the winners over the coming weeks so please look out for updates on the council’s social media pages and in out weekly e-connect newsletter.”

117 nominations were received this year and 19 awards will be presented by a surprise visit, virtual meeting or telephone call over the next few weeks.

Councillor Dr Eleanor Jackson, Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council 2019-20, declared that it was a great privilege to participate in these award ceremonies. She said: “Time and again I encounter people who would describe themselves as ‘quite ordinary’ and modestly talk about what has been achieved by their project, rather than what they personally have done. They are ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things for the benefit of others. Some are outstanding young people, and we ask what they will go on to do next, others have laboured for a lifetime, often with little thanks or reward. So it is a delight to honour them now.”

The Community Awards are organised in partnership with B&NES Clinical Commissioning Group, CURO, Sirona Care and Health, B&NES Virgin Care, Student Community Partnership, Bath College and a new partner for this year, 3SG.

The awards to be announced are as follows:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Young Volunteer of the Year

  • Beryl Dixon Community Leader Award

  • Young Volunteer Leader of the Year Award

  • Volunteer Team of the Year Award

  • Young Volunteer Team of the Year Award

  • Peter Duppa Miller Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Foster Carer of the Year Award

  • Young Carer of the Year Award

  • Charity of the Year Award

  • Business in the Community Award

  • Green Business of the Year Award

  • Employee of the Year Award

  • Employee Team of the Year Award

  • Special Award Winner

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For details of all the award winners follow this link

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and sign up for our residents’ newsletter e-connect here to find out about our amazing award winners.

Two of last year’s winners, Training at the Trough at Bath City Farm and Guide Dogs for the Blind, had short films made about them as part of their award. Watch the videos here:

Training at the Trough

Guide Dogs for the Blind

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