Awards to recognise North Yorkshire's volunteers

Awards to recognise North Yorkshire's volunteers

Published at 7:15am 29th May 2015. (Updated at 7:15pm 29th May 2015)

North Yorkshire County Council's new chairman has pledged to champion the role of volunteers.

County Councillor David Jeffels has paid tribute to the work of "unsung heroes", including the volunteers who work with the authority to deliver services following funding cuts.

In his inaugural chairman's speech, he announced a new annual community awards scheme to recognise and celebrate voluntary work carried out by people and organisations countywide.

He said: "The council has been resolute in its aspirations to continue to provide the best possible services, despite shrinking budgets.

"We have seen this already in the changes in responsibilities in the running of our libraries and youth clubs - changes which have come about thanks to the support of our communities and volunteers.

"Out of the challenges we have seen, and I am sure we will continue to see, unsung heroes have emerged in our communities who are helping those around them.

"It is against this background that I am announcing a series of awards to recognise the great value of the voluntary work those people put into the lives of those in this county.

"Ours is a listening council, and by working with our communities on such issues as caring for the vulnerable in society, particularly the older generation and those facing loneliness and isolation, I believe we can go forward with confidence to help our residents by ensuring we have a major role to play in the life of North Yorkshire - a county which we are privileged to live in - and serve."

The community awards will showcase exceptional contributions in four different categories - best community project, best community group, volunteer of the year and young people volunteering award.

More information at www.northyorks.gov.uk/communityawards