- Over 600 community groups nominated to national Groundwork Community Awards
- 30 groups and individuals shortlisted
- Charity also open public vote for nation to choose their favourite community project from this year’s finalists
Groundwork has today revealed the final 30 community groups in line to receive a national award in recognition of their work in making their local area better places to live.
The Groundwork Community Awards were launched by the charity last year to honour small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support. The awards received over 600 nominations, reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.
Nominations were assessed by a panel of independent experts with finalists being invited to attend a national awards ceremony hosted by BBC presenter and Groundwork Ambassador, Georgina Burnett, at the Houses of Parliament on 22 November.
People’s Choice Award
Groundwork has also opened an online poll for the public to vote on which community project from the 30 finalists should receive a special ‘People’s Choice Award' at this year's ceremony. Groundwork will close the poll on Friday 16 November.
Groundwork Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
I’d like to congratulate all 30 finalists for our 2018 awards. Having judged some of the entries it makes you realise how many extraordinary everyday heroes we have in our communities.
“Thanks to their efforts our parks and open spaces are better looked after, libraries and heritage centres are being kept open, food banks and furniture projects continue to help people meet their basic needs and communities are blazing a trail in recycling and renewable energy.
“These achievements are seldom noticed beyond the neighbourhood or the people directly benefiting. As a community charity working locally and nationally we want to do all we can to celebrate the power of community action.
Groundwork Community Awards - finalists
Best community partnership with business
Best community group contribution to community cohesion
Best community garden or green space
Best community group contribution to education or employment
Best community group contribution to environmental sustainability
Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing
Best community project on a social housing estate
Community group of the year – all round achievement award
The winners of two individual awards - Young Community Leader of the Year and Community Leader of the Year - will be announced during the ceremony. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will also be revealed at the event.
The Groundwork Community Awards are sponsored by B&Q, Buzzacott, Firmdale Hotels, Givewith, GVA, John Lewis Partnership, M&S, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Peel Land & Property and Tesco.
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