Nominations Open for the High Sheriff’s Awards 2020

As we celebrate 2020 and the arrival of a new decade, it’s time to start thinking about the charities and voluntary groups in Suffolk that deserve celebrating too!

With award categories as diverse as Caring for the Environment, Road to Recovery, and Volunteer of the Year (under 30), The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Roz Eminson, has launched the 2020 High Sheriff’s Awards and invites voluntary groups and individuals to submit their nominations for this most prestigious annual celebration of excellence in Suffolk’s voluntary sector.

Hosted by the East of England Co-op at their Wherstead Park HQ on Thursday 26th March 2020, the High Sheriff Awards are designed to reward the volunteers, charities and community groups in Suffolk who devote their time and energy to improve the communities in which they live and work.

Winners will receive a trophy, certificate and a cash contribution to their voluntary group.

The deadline for nominations is 17th January 2020 – so there’s not much time left to get your nominations in.

Nominations can be submitted for seven categories:

Volunteer of the Year Award – Under 30 sponsored by Birketts and Over 30 sponsored by Ipswich Building Society  – These awards encourage voluntary organisations, charities and community groups across Suffolk to nominate one of their volunteers for services above and beyond the ‘call of duty’.

This person will have demonstrated a regular commitment for a period of time, supporting others, showing why they stand out, and detailing the ways in which their involvement and actions have had a directly beneficial effect.

Long Service Award sponsored by Ashtons Legal  –  This award aims to recognise and celebrate the continued and sustained commitment an individual has made to their chosen charity/ies. This can be for either a volunteer or paid employee, or someone who has started as a volunteer and become an employee (in total for a period of 20 year upwards).

The nomination will show the impact of their dedication, passion and sustained commitment and involvement in their cause/es and its beneficiaries.  It will also show the positive effect of their ongoing work on their colleagues.

New Group of the Year Award sponsored by PolicyBee –  This award has been created to recognise and encourage new groups, organisations or charities, or those that have never been previously nominated for a High Sheriff Award to apply.

It is a countywide award which will be judged by the High Sheriff and an independent panel. It is broad ranging and must show the impact, value and sustainability of the work of the group on the communities they serve and/or their individual beneficiaries. They must show how resourceful they can be at implementing and carrying out plans and show the difference the organisation has made to improving the lives of others less fortunate.

Strengthen Your Community Award sponsored by East of England Co-op  –  The Strengthen Your Community Award is to recognise an enterprising individual or a voluntary organisation showing ways in which they have brought a community together.

It will demonstrate how the difficulties such as, loneliness, isolation, citizenship, community safety, crime prevention or health issues, have been addressed to have a positive effect on a community; creating an environment bringing people together, giving support where there has been none and the resultant unforeseen benefits of such actions and interventions, be it in a rural or urban environment. There is no age limit on the award.

Caring for the Environment Award sponsored by East Anglian Daily Times – This is for those who can show they care for the community/environment of Suffolk.  There is an abundance of plastic, waste, fly-tipping and litter in our county and this award is for any organisation or individual attempting to address any of these or related issues.

The successful nominee will have shown a commitment to their cause through innovative projects, systems and events which strive to improve the environment in which we live, by effectively reducing waste, plastic, litter from our roadsides, countryside and streets in which we live and work.

Road to Recovery Award sponsored by Barnes Construction – This award recognises the exceptional work carried out by an organisation, charity, community group which is devoted to the recovery and support of those suffering from mental health issues including depression, anxiety and PTSD. It will demonstrate a commitment to and actively help the recovery of victims of crime, abuse, addiction and deprivation and show the ways in which people have been able to rebuild their lives.

You can nominate by clicking on this link

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