Do you know a  LOCAL HERO?

This year, for the first time, the Community Foundation for Wakefield District is partnering with the Wakefield Express to recognise the brilliant work being done by countless volunteers across the District.

Every day, thousands of people (men, women and young people) are enjoying activities – thanks to the inspirational leadership of those who give their time, commitment and often their own money to work with local organisations and communities.

For many people these volunteers provide a lifeline, opening doors that they thought were closed, supporting those with multiple problems including dementia or mental health issues, or perhaps just providing opportunities to meet like-minded people.

Over the last eight years the Community Foundation for Wakefield District has provided grants of £1.4 million to in excess of 1,000 local organisations, almost all of which are run by volunteers.  These groups rely heavily on those who are prepared to give up their time and make a commitment that provides opportunities for the benefit large numbers of people.  We think it is time that these people should be recognised – and thanked for their contribution to society.

During March and the first half of April we are asking for nominations and details of how you can do this are shown in the panel.  Following the closing date on 17 April, our Awards Panel will assess all the applications and finalise a short-list.  Categories are not being listed at this stage, but will be identified once all nominations have been received.

All the finalists will be invited to the Awards Evening at which the winners will be announced, on Friday 9 June 2017 at Unity Works, starting at 6.30pm.

Sir Rodney Walker, President of the Community Foundation said: “I believe it is important to recognise the importance of volunteering which, although it has always been a feature of our society, is now becoming more and more important as public investment in our communities becomes more difficult. Through our work at the Foundation we have seen at first hand the extraordinary commitment made by countless people across the district and I would encourage anyone who knows someone who deserves recognition to put their name forward”.

UNSUNG HEROES NOMINATION CRITERIA

We are looking for people who have made a difference, who have run/organised activities or contributed in one way or another to helping people achieve their potential (or overcome an impediment) – more than they could have done by themselves. This could include areas such as:

Sport, Disability, Mental health, Illness, Creative activities or Befriending but they are not exclusive.  If you know of someone involved in another area, then please nominate them.

Nominees must:

  • Be Unpaid Volunteers
  • Be delivering something extraordinary, regularly going beyond the call of duty
  • Have a recognised track record in their sphere of activity
  • Reside and/or work within the Wakefield Metropolitan District
  • Be nominated by an individual or organisation for whom, or with whom, they have been active for an extended period and fulfil the other criteria (above)
  • Be of any age (16 or above) and are welcomed from any part of the district and every sector of society

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 UNSUNG HEROES NOMINATION FORM

 

Name: ………………………………………………………………….

 

Email: …………………………………………………………………..

 

Name of Nominee: ……………………………………………….

 

Reason for Nomination: (no more than 100 words on separate sheet)

 

Send this completed form (and reason for nomination)  to:

UNSUNG HEROES, Community Foundation for Wakefield District, PO Box 695, Wakefield WF1 9NW or email to: info@wakefieldcf.org.uk

 Alternatively, download the leaflet or complete the form online.

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