Rural Community Awards
This year, we have amended the competition in response to the unprecedented situation we are currently faced with due to the outbreak of COVID-19. We also wanted to give recognition to those rural community groups and individuals who are working through these difficult times to ensure that people, who are elderly, vulnerable or shielding for any reason, continue to have access to food and basic provisions.
This year, we have two awards on offer. The Rural Community Spirit award is available to community groups based in rural areas and our new Community Champion award is open to extraordinary individuals who must be nominated by the rural community group they represent.
Rural Community Spirit
The aim of this award is to focus on and reward those community groups who work together to make their village or small settlement a better place to live. Consideration will be given to any aspect of community work which has been undertaken to improve the quality of life of residents at this time, with particular emphasis on facilities, services and activities which have been made available for specific groups within the community.
This is our first ever individual award and we have introduced it in recognition that very often, it takes the vision and perseverance of one extraordinary community member to make things happen. This person may regularly sacrifice free time to help others with no requirement for recompense or appreciation. We see a community champion as someone who shares their time, skills and knowledge of a local community, to become a driving force to sustain and improve the community as a whole.
There will be a £1,000 prize for the winners of the northern and southern, small and large village categories and £500 will be donated to the community groups nominating the highly commended winning applicants; plaques will be presented to individual (s) who have been deemed to be community champions.
Prize money should be used to support and extend activities/projects which benefit the rural community. We will promote the competition throughout the year on our website and through relevant rural publications but community groups should also involve the Housing Executive in any publicity they carry out locally.