Deadline extended for Community Awards

Time is running out to nominate your community champion in the South Ribble Community Awards 2017.


But the deadline has now been extended to September 15 to allow as many entries as possible in this celebration of groups, businesses and individuals who make an outstanding contribution to their community.


Nominations are invited for a range of categories, including Young Volunteer of the Year, which recognises those aged up to 24 who give their time to support a local voluntary, community or faith group.


Alternatively they might be caring from someone in their community or be involved in a community project.


Businesses are also eligible for nominations in the Business in the Community category, which rewards those that actively support their community through positive action. Examples might include involvement with local good causes and projects, giving time and expertise to help community groups or helping to regenerate their town centre.


If you would like to put the spotlight on an individual the Special Achievement award does just that. It recognises those who go above and beyond the call of duty to make a positive impact in South Ribble.


They could be from the public, private or community sector, but will have demonstrated determination and hard work and a willingness to get really involved in order to make a positive impact in the borough.


Other categories include the Partnership Award, a new category that recognises collaboration by groups and organisations that have resulted in outstanding outcomes; Volunteer of the Year for those aged 25 and over; Spirit in the Community, which recognises an individual who is inspirational in the way they contribute to daily life to their community, and Community Impact, for a voluntary, community or faith organisation that has made an amazing contribution to the communities of South Ribble.


The awards culminate in a glittering presentation evening at the Leyland Hotel on October 26, where guests will be entertained by talented local magician Zanda and awards will be presented by vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Colonel Alan Jolley OBE.


Karen Sharrocks, chair of the South Ribble Partnership, which runs the awards, said: ““The fact that the Community Awards have continued to grow each year is a clear indication of the number of caring and committed people there are in South Ribble who work tirelessly for their communities.


“From the large number of applications we receive we’re aware that there are a lot of individuals, businesses and community groups who give a great deal of their time to make a difference – and we want to hear about them. By nominating your community hero you can help us to celebrate their selfless generosity of spirit.”


The nomination process is simple. Visit: - and click on the ‘nominate now’ button. All nominations must be submitted by 5pm on September 15.