For the third year running, Doncaster CVS has recognised and rewarded the stars of the town’s voluntary and community sector with its annual awards event at the Keepmoat Stadium.
240 people from across South Yorkshire attended the organisation’s AGM and Community & Voluntary Sector Awards event sponsored by accountants, Smith Craven. Guests were entertained with carols from the Cusworth Singers on arrival and treated to a festive ‘health’ quiz led by Dr Rupert Suckling, director of public health in Doncaster.
Explains Norma Wardman, director of Doncaster CVS: “We’ve been at the heart of Doncaster’s thriving community and voluntary sector for 72 years so it was fantastic to see so many people on Friday. We had 34 exhibition stands too giving attendees a great opportunity to network and make new contacts.
“Our third Community & Voluntary Sector Awards brought together so many of Doncaster’s community groups, social enterprises and volunteers to celebrate their incredible achievements. We received over 70 separate nominations this year and I know the judges had a very tough job selecting the winners!”
The winners of the Doncaster CVS Community & Voluntary Sector Awards 2015 are as follows:
Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Doncaster CVS - Jim McLaughlin, Re-Read
Social Enterprise of the Year – sponsored by Weldricks - Austerfield Study Centre
Registered Charity of the Year – sponsored by Taylor Bracewell - Doncaster Housing for Young People
Community Group of the Year – voted by readers of the Doncaster Free Press - The Neighbourhood Centre, Cantley
Young Volunteer of the Year - sponsored by Allotts - Andy Pegg, Open Minds Counselling
Senior Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Age UK - Nora Caiger
Most Innovative Project – sponsored by Doncaster Chamber - Pop-Up Slipper Swaps
Most Inspiring Individual – sponsored by Doncaster Mind - Allen Langham
Most Inspiring Organisation – sponsored by Beta Technology - The Guru Nanak Free Kitchen
Concludes Norma: “It is in everyone's interest to see and experience a thriving sector, not least the people who use our services. These awards underline the inspiring work that goes on in the sector a daily basis and it is a real highlight of our year to formally recognise those who make it such a resounding success.”