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Keep up-to-date with the latest news for the NK Community Champion awards here. 

Finalists announced 

Some of the best examples of voluntary community endeavour which characterise life within North Kesteven community are to be rewarded through the annual NK Community Champion Awards.

Following the judging of around 80 nominations made from within the local community across the eight award categories, the 25 finalists are this week all learning of the esteem placed in them by the grateful recipients of their thoughtful actions.

Every year North Kesteven District Council calls for people living and working in the District to nominate those whose endeavours carried out quietly, tirelessly and selflessly they feel are worthy of recognition.

The quality and diversity of the often life-changing work and neighbourly contributions they represent was clear from the entries, with each and every one illustrating the depths of community minded activity which helps to make North Kesteven distinct and contributes to its high ranking status as a good place to life with strong community cohesion, high levels of happiness, wellbeing and self-worth.

With such community spirit underpinning life locally it is not surprising that North Kesteven remains the safest place in Britain and was this week named the best place in Lincolnshire for women: 106th best of all 380 local authorities over a range of criteria including crime rates, social isolation, personal wellbeing and culture and 70th best for older women aged 65+.

All of the finalists, their guests and nominators are invited to a celebration evening on Thursday, October 19, at Navenby for which additional tickets can be bought in support of them and the Council Chairman’s charity LIVES.

Councillor Richard Wright, Leader of the District Council, will host the evening in conjunction with Compere and BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Rod Whiting.

Cllr Wright said: “We are very proud to run these awards in order to applaud and award some of the many people who give so much through their voluntary and charitable endeavours. These are the unsung heroes of our communities who, through their selfless motivation and quiet inspiration make an enormous difference within our District and these awards are a small but heartfelt thank you on behalf of the District for that.”

“The individuals, groups and businesses selected as this year’s finalists are but a small selection of the immense amount of quiet, tireless and selfless voluntary work that provides a foundation to the District’s flourishing, strong and vibrant communities and I thank everyone who goes out of their way in this way.

I also thank the community-minded businesses who through their sponsorship and support make these awards possible as a further expression of the wider appreciation of such endeavour. This year these are – Ringrose Law, Duncan & Toplis, Lindum Group, Your Local Lincs Magazine, Skeet Print, Branston, the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant and 1Life; with further support from The Lincolnite, Sleaford Standard, Tucann Publishing, BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Flowers by Suzanne.

The full list on nominees can be found here.

For Finalists CLICK HERE

September 15, 2017


Just 1-month left to nominate

There’s just 1-month left to nominate your Community Champion, so if there is someone in your local area who goes above and beyond to support the environment, arts, sport or community – Nominate them.

In less than 2-months’ time we will be celebrating those unsung heroes who work quietly, tirelessly and voluntarily in the District, at an awards event at The Venue in Navenby – compered by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Rod Whiting.

NKDC hopes to attract a broad range of nominations to showcase the level of unsung local heroism, and that can only be done through your nominations.

Last year’s Contribution to Sport winner, Angela Morley said:

“Winning the Community Champion award was a great honour as I feel that everyone who volunteers their time to any organisation does so, as they have a passion for that cause. Therefore I was very surprised when my name was read out as I felt that everyone in the room deserved the recognition.
Since winning the award it has showcased our organisation and the different level of sports that we are developing across Lincolnshire, we are networking more with other organisations to try to include all abilities. The number of athletes and families across Lincolnshire who are now signing up to our organisation has increased over the year.
Community Champions is a fantastic idea to encourage people to volunteer and also increase awareness of the charities and community organisations that are across Lincolnshire. So I would encourage anyone to nominate somebody within their organisation for the various awards on offer to celebrate the good work we are all doing”.

In the year since winning the award, Angela continues to support Special Olympics Lincolnshire, and has had an extremely busy one - preparing a team of 17 athletes and 9 volunteers who will be representing the Special Olympics East Midlands 161 team to attend the Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield August 7th - 12th 2017.

The event will attract around 2,600 athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability from across England Scotland and Wales.

If you know someone like Angela, who has given their time to help others we encourage you to get nominating.

You can nominate anyone living, working and carrying out their voluntary community work within North Kesteven within the eight categories: 

Young Achievers Award

A young person aged 19 or under who has shown amazing bravery or excelled in any way, perhaps under adversity, through leadership or in pioneering a community project.

Community Business of the Year

A company or sole-trader whose business initiatives and charitable, neighbourly contributions have made a difference to their local communities.

Community Spirit Award

Personal service to the community through hard work, dedication and commitment.

Contribution to a Better Environment

A group, school, club, business or individual whose actions have a positive impact on the environment, locally, in a broader way or globally.

Contribution to the Arts

Any group, school, club, business or individual whose actions have a positive impact on the cultural richness of the District.

Contribution to Sport

A group, school, club, business or individual whose actions have a positive impact on sports and physical activity locally.

Contribution to Health & Wellbeing

An individual or group that has contributed to the wellbeing of others or excelled in making positive healthy lifestyle changes - physical or psychological - for themselves or others.

Longstanding contribution to an organisation or group

An individual who has contributed a huge amount of their time to a single charity, club, group or organisation.

A range of community-focused businesses are on board this year who are just as keen as NKDC to ensure the huge amount of community-centred endeavours which goes on within the District are celebrated, applauded and awarded. If your business wants to get involved in the celebration of NK’s Community Champions, get in touch on champions@n-kesteven.gov.uk

How to Nominate:

It could not be simpler to make a nomination of anyone you think may be eligible. Nominees must be living or undertaking their community work within North Kesteven.

Go to www.nkawards.org to do it online or download a form or pick one up from your local parish council or NKDC council office.

We need a simple, but as thorough as possible, citation of their service.

If your nominee is shortlisted as a finalist both they and you, as the nominator, will be invited to attend the awards evening in October. Please ensure you include their details as well as your own.

All nominations must be made by Friday, Sep 8 (Noon) and sent to: 

NKDC Community Champions

Communications Team

North Kesteven District Council

Kesteven Street

Sleaford NG34 7EF

Or email: champions@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Sponsors:

The 2017 NK Community Champion Awards are produced in association with and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors: 

Duncan & Toplis, Lindum Group, Ringrose Law, 1Life, Sleaford REP / Glennmont, Your Local Lincs Magazine, Sleaford Standard, The Lincolnite and Tucann Publishing.

August 4, 2017


Awards are launched 

Is there someone in your local area who goes above and beyond to support the environment, arts, sport or community?

In 6-months’ time we will be celebrating those unsung heroes who work quietly, tirelessly and voluntarily in the District, at an awards event at The Venue in Navenby – compered by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Rod Whiting.

And this year, as well as the other seven categories, we are pleased to introduce a NEW Award the ‘Longstanding contribution to an organisation or group’ which will recognise an individual who has contributed a huge amount of their time to a single charity, club, group or organisation.

So, if you know someone in your local area who does good deeds or has made great strides in support of the environment, arts, sport or community you can nominate them for an award now.

With more than 130 nominations covering all ages and sectors of voluntary, community contributions last year, NKDC hopes to attract a broad range of nominations to showcase the level of unsung local heroism.

A range of community-focused businesses are on board this year who are just as keen as NKDC to ensure the huge amount of community-centre endeavours which goes on within the District is celebrated, applauded and awarded. If your business wants to get involved in the celebration of NK’s Community Champions, get in touch on champions@n-kesteven.gov.uk

April 19, 2017