Richmondshire nominees have been shortlisted in North Yorkshire Community Awards

Exclusively Inclusive won the best community group title in last year’s awards.

The shortlisted nominees have been announced for North Yorkshire County Council’s Community Awards 2019.

A total of 55 nominations for 41 groups and individuals have been made for the awards, which honour volunteers who make a difference in their community.

From the nominations, 15 have been shortlisted, including Richmondshire’s Emily Towers from Colburn Youth Projects in the Volunteer of the Year award and Parents of Special Children in the Best Community Group.

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Emily has acted as Colburn Youth Projects chair and treasurer since it was launched just over three years ago.

The project started at a time when anti-social behaviour was increasing in Colburn and Emily now oversees youth workers who run sessions, projects and events.

Other responsibilities include assisting with applications to gain funding to ensure the project continues, paying the staff and keeping accounts.

Parents of Special Children, Hambleton/Richmondshire provide support to parents, carers and grandparents of children with additional needs, with or without a diagnosis.

They run parent support groups, workshops and training sessions, as well as events to give carers a much-needed break and pamper.

The group also provide individual support, including weekly one-to-one sessions, home visits and telephone, text or email support.

A panel of judges, including representatives from the council, volunteer organisations and young people, will visit all shortlisted nominees throughout August and September to choose the finalists.

The winner of each category will receive £1,000 for the project, group or nominated relevant local charity in the case of the volunteer awards. Two runners-up in each category will receive £250.

The awards ceremony will be held at the North Yorkshire Wider Partnership Conference on 25 October.

County Councillor Jim Clark, chair of the County Council, said: “As always, the standard of the nominees was incredibly high, so I don’t envy the judges who had to compile the shortlist and now choose the finalists.

“These awards are a great way to recognise the tireless work of so many who make a real difference in their communities.”

Full details on the nominations and shortlisted nominees can be found at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/community-awards