2012 Guernsey Community Awards nominations open on 29 August

August 3rd, 2012 by Guernsey Community Foundation

It’s time to start thinking about the charities, voluntary groups and individual people who deserve reward and recognition at this year’s Community Awards.

Wednesday 29 August 2012 is the opening date for nominations for the Guernsey Community Foundation’s annual celebration of community spirit

The awards event, which is dedicated to applauding the hard work and dedication of the voluntary sector, takes place on Wednesday 7 November 2012 and everyone is encouraged to start thinking now about who they might nominate.

The categories for this year’s awards are:

Charity of the Year, sponsored by State Street Global Services

Awarded to the organisation that the judges believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries; promoted and raised its cause; been clear in its goals and strategy and demonstrated excellence all round, especially within the last year or years. The winner of this award will receive a cheque for £3,000 towards the charity’s activities.

Outstanding Individual Achievement, sponsored by Schroders Private Banking

Awarded to a person who has demonstrated innovation, teamwork, passion and integrity throughout their involvement, and who has produced an identifiably profound effect on a charity through their work and/or leadership. The winner of this award will receive a cheque for £2,000 to be donated to the charity or community project of his or her choice.

Fundraising Team of the Year, sponsored by Sportingbet

Awarded to a locally based fundraising team on the basis of its innovation and results that achieved or exceeded the aims of a campaign or campaigns during the previous 24 months. The winner of this award will receive a cheque for £2,000 to be donated to the charity or community project of its choice.

Corporate Social Responsibility, in association with the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce

The CSR award recognises the active involvement of a commercial company directly with a charitable or community project in its locality, or through its partnership with a local charitable organisation that has had a quantifiably positive effect on the local community over the last year.

Overseas Award, sponsored by Specsavers

The Overseas Award is for a local charity or initiative whose work benefits areas outside the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The winner of this award will receive a cheque for £2,000 towards the charity’s activities.

Organising Committee of the Year, sponsored by RG Falla

Awarded to the organisers of an annual event or one-off project which has been particularly successful in engaging with the local community. NB: the committee need not be formally registered with the Income Tax Authority and should not, as its primary function, be engaged in fundraising for a specific charitable cause. The winner of this award will receive a cheque for £2,000 to be donated to the charity or community project of its choice.

“Last year we hosted the first ever Community Awards and it is safe to say it was a resounding success,” said Laurel Le Tocq, Guernsey Community Foundation.

“We received a huge number of nominations for each of the categories and we would like to encourage everyone to start thinking now about who they might want to nominate for an award this year.”

“With the addition of the new award for Organising Committee of the Year, we are confident that the breadth of our award categories means that there is something for everyone who gives their time so generously in the sector. We look forward to receiving another good batch of nominations for this year’s event,” she said.

Nominations will be judged by the Community Awards judging panel which is chaired again this year by Lord de Saumarez. He is joined on the panel by Andrew Ozanne, Suzanne Heneghan and Gerald Hough.

Lord de Saumarez said “‘Last year’s success was down to the sheer number and diversity of the worthy nominations we received. It was not an easy task to select a winner in each of the categories, as they were all so deserving. As a judging panel, we are looking forward to the process and are hoping to have as challenging a job as last year.”

The nomination process is simple. Nomination forms will be available to download from the Guernsey Community Awards website from Wednesday 29 August 2012, through to the closing date for nominations on Wednesday 26 September 2012.

The forms are simple and easy to complete and help is available from the Guernsey Community Foundation for anyone requiring assistance.

Forms can also be requested by post by calling the Foundation on 748056 during the nomination period.

The winners will be announced at the Community Awards afternoon tea on Wednesday 7 November 2012 at St James Concert and Assembly Hall.

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