Tea-lightful! Residents celebrated at Nottinghamshire Community Heroes Awards afternoon tea

13 December 2019

Photo 4 Chairman with both winners Kenneth and Jasminder .jpg Photo 2 Chairman and winner Jasminder Kaur.jpg Photo 3 Chairman and winner Kenneth Willows.jpg

County Council Chairman, Councillor Kevin Rostance honoured Nottinghamshire’s Community Heroes and nominees at an Awards afternoon tea on Monday 9 December at County Hall. 

The event was an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the nominated individuals work and contribution to their local communities. 

Councillor Kevin Rostance said: “In this round of the Awards we received the highest number of nominations since we launched this initiative a few years ago. It was truly inspiring reading about the achievements of some our residents, and selecting the winners was tough.

“I wanted to host an awards event to celebrate all the nominees and winners and recognise their achievements. It was fantastic to meet such remarkable people and have the opportunity to hear more about their work.”

The winners of the last round of Nottinghamshire Community Heroes for 2019, are a long-term volunteer and an inspiring young person early on in their charity work journey. 

Kenneth Willows from Ashfield has been volunteering and helping his local community for over 68 years, having been involved with youth clubs, The Boys Brigade Northern Fellowship group, the Nottingham Battalion of the Boys Brigade with Girls Association, and local churches and schools.  

Kenneth said: “Being named A Nottinghamshire Community Hero to me means that the work of volunteers in the community is really valued and is clearly appreciated by Nottinghamshire County Council and by higher authorities. Volunteering really is rewarding.”

Jasminder Kaur from Rushcliffe, has been involved with the Guru Nank Mission charity since the age of 15, helping to cook and feed the homeless. Now aged 17, Jasminder has taken her charity work further – she has done a skydive and climbed Mount Snowdon for local charities.

Jasminder said “I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community here in Nottinghamshire. I encourage more people to spare even 5% of their time to make a difference and I’m looking forward to finding new challenges to raise funds for causes soon.”

Councillor Rostance said: “I hope both Jasminder and Kenneth’s stories inspire other people to volunteer, fundraise and help worthy causes as they’ve helped make a real difference to the lives of others.”

The Chairman will be on the lookout for more community heroes, like Jasminder and Kenneth and wants to hear from people who wish to nominate unsung heroes from their local area. It could be someone who helps vulnerable people with shopping, or providing a lift to a medical appointment, supporting young people in their community, or leading a local community project which has made a difference to people’s lives.

Every few months, the Chairman will select one person to receive an extra special thank you and they will receive the Chairman’s Award.

The criteria for nominations is as follows:
·     Nominees must live in the county
·     They must not be a member of a local council
·     Nominees must work or volunteer within Nottinghamshire
·     Nominations should not be party political
·     Nominees and those nominating must agree to feature in awards’ publicity

The nominations will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Chairman of the County Council and the Chairman’s award will be presented to a successful individual nominated for the award.

To nominate a community hero, visit the County Council website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/get-involved/nottinghamshire-community-heroes-award  - the next round of nominations will open up in the New Year. 

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