5 July 2019
A picture of Nominations open for the Cherwell Volunteer Awards

Nominations are now open for The Cherwell ‘Love Where You Live’ Volunteer Awards, which celebrate the work of those who have made a real difference to their local community.

Organisers Sanctuary Housing and Cherwell District Council are asking people to nominate volunteers, neighbours and groups who go the extra mile to help others.

Entries are welcomed in five categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer (under 18)
  • Voluntary Organisation of the Year
  • Lifetime Volunteer
  • Good Neighbour

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony in November, where three Good Neighbour award winners will each receive a £30 Love2Shop voucher and all other category winners £100 to donate to a local community group of their choice.

Charlie Heritage, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We know there are many people and groups out there who work so hard to enrich the lives of others and make a positive difference in Cherwell.

“If you would like to see someone get the recognition they deserve, you just need to tell us who they are and the reason for the nomination.”

Cllr Andrew McHugh, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for health and wellbeing, added: “Volunteers are at the heart of so many of the initiatives that bind our communities together in the Cherwell district. I would call on anyone whose life has been enhanced by a volunteer to nominate them for these awards.

“This is your chance to give back to those who have given so much and make sure they receive the recognition they deserve.”

To nominate online, visit Sanctuary’s nominations page. Paper nomination forms are also available at Bodicote House, Banbury Tourist Information Centre (Cherwell District Council office), Franklins House in Bicester and Exeter Hall in Kidlington. 

Nominations close at 5pm on 31 August. A shortlist of nominees will be invited to the November awards ceremony along with the winners. Follow the progress of the awards on Twitter using #CherwellAwards.

This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.