Rewarding hard work of the third sector

CVS Awards.  Training Provider of the Year winners Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (DRASACS).  Becca Pearson (Funding & Development Officer) left and Hannah Sigsworth (Training Assistant) with the award.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
CVS Awards. Training Provider of the Year winners Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (DRASACS). Becca Pearson (Funding & Development Officer) left and Hannah Sigsworth (Training Assistant) with the award. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Individuals and organisations from Doncaster’s third sector have been honoured at a glitzy awards ceremony.

The charities support group, Doncaster CVS, held its first ever awards ceremony at the Keepmoat Stadium last week, when volunteers and groups were recognised for their hard work.

CVS Awards.  Chris Burton, Editor-in-chief South Yorkshire Newspapers, left, presents the Community Group of the Year Award to Sandra and Don Crabtree from Friends of Sandall Park.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

CVS Awards. Chris Burton, Editor-in-chief South Yorkshire Newspapers, left, presents the Community Group of the Year Award to Sandra and Don Crabtree from Friends of Sandall Park. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

The awards were held to mark the 70th year of Doncaster CVS, and a total of eight awards were given out on the day.

Over 150 people attended the group’s inaugural awards event including Ros Jones and shadow minister for social enterprise, Chi Onwurah.

Norma Wardman, director of Doncaster CVS, said: “Our inaugural Community and Voluntary Sector Awards have brought many of Doncaster’s community groups, social enterprises and volunteers together to celebrate their incredible achievements. Every single nomination we received over the last few weeks deserved an award and I didn’t envy the judges and sponsors in selecting their nine winners who I’m delighted we were able to formally recognise and reward.

“It is in everyone’s interest to see and experience a thriving sector, not least the people who use our services. We, as a sector, are not good at limiting what we do. We are creative and since we all came about because we believed that there was a need for us, that passion is at the heart of all we do - we do our very best to help the people that we are there to serve. Here’s to the next 70 years!”

The Free Press sponsored the Community Group of the Year award, which was voted for by our readers, and was won by the Friends of Sandall Park. Group editor of South Yorkshire Newspapers, Chris Burton, presented the award to Friends of Sandall Park who were nominated for the dedicated work they do to improve outdoor facilities for people in the area.

Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (DRASACS) won Training Provider of the Year for its work educating school children and work with the Doncaster Rovers Community, with a project which helps to offer guidance on healthy relationships and safe social media use.

Becca Pearson accepted the award on behalf of DRASACS.

She said: “It’s fantasic for us to have recieved this sort of recognition.

“It’s a new project so it’s great that it’s been recognised already.

“I’d like to thank Doncaster CVS, who have offered us a lot of support over the years.”

The awards have been set up in conjunction with the Free Press and Sine FM as well as sponsors in the shape of Beta Technology, Taylor Bracewell, Doncaster Chamber, Business Doncaster, BDO, Doncaster Mind and Age UK. 
The other award winners were:

l Social Enterprise of the Year: Re-Read

l Registered Charity of the Year: DIAL Doncaster

l Young Volunteer of the Year: Karl Wallace from SwimStars and Dolphins Swim Schools

l Senior Voluneer of the Year: Zabida Rashid

l Most Inspiring Organisation: Aspergers Youth Club

l Most Inspiring Individual: Karena Collins

l Lifetime Achievement: Brian Cox

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