NOMINATIONS are now open for North Yorkshire County Council’s community awards, which honour volunteers who make a difference in their community.

The four awards categories are:

Best community group – awarded to groups carrying out ongoing voluntary activity/activities in North Yorkshire;

  • Best community project – awarded to specific time-limited voluntary projects which were carried out in North Yorkshire between 31 July 2018 and 1 June 2019. The start and finish dates do not need to have been within these dates, but the project must have been active within these dates and have a specific start and end date rather than being open-ended;
  • Volunteer of the year – awarded to individual volunteers over the age of 25 carrying out voluntary activity/activities in North Yorkshire;
  • Young people volunteering award – awarded to individual volunteers aged 25 or under, or to groups or projects run by volunteers aged 25 or under, carrying out voluntary activity/activities in North Yorkshire.

County Cllr Robert Windass, chairman of the NYCC, said: “The community awards honour the remarkable work of local volunteers who are committed to improving lives across North Yorkshire.

“If you think someone you know deserves some recognition, I urge you to nominate them. Let’s show our appreciation for more unsung heroes.”

The closing date for nominations is June 7. Nomination forms can be completed online at

Anyone who is unable to complete the nomination online can phone 01609 780780.

All finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony at the North Yorkshire Wider Partnership Conference on October 25.